If you only vote for one proposition this year in California, I want to urge you to support prop 55. This proposition continues the prop 30 tax increases on top earners in order to support public education. Although these funds do not go directly to higher education, we have seen that when state revenue goes down, the easiest thing to cut is the public support for community colleges, the CSU system, and the UC system. Since almost all other funding in the state is already mandated, increased costs and lower taxes force legislators to reduce their funding for higher education. Unfortunately, there are so many competing propositions on the ballot that many voters do not know what to do. In fact, the voter guide is over 225 pages and will confuse even people with expert knowledge on the issues.