Measure E wins backing of CSU Board of Trustees

The CSU Board of Trustees is backing the sales tax measure that would give Fresno State nearly $1.6 billion to work with.

Measure E, the 0.25 percent sales tax that would benefit Fresno State, has the backing of the California State University Board of Trustees. 

The CSU Board of Trustees endorsed Measure E last November. 


The big picture: Measure E is projected to bring in $63 million annually over its 25 year lifespan, totalling $1.575 billion. 

  • Fresno State President Saul Jimenez-Sandoval sent an email out recently sharing that the CSU Board of Trustees has endorsed the measure. 

What they’re saying: “This is a game changer for Fresno State and higher education, as Measure E will transform our university by expanding access and promoting affordability for our students,” Jimenez-Sandoval told the board. “Additionally, Measure E will elevate Fresno State’s infrastructure while generating a strong economic impact for the Central Valley region.” 

  • Trustee Yammilette Rodriguez, the senior director of the Central Valley’s Youth Leadership Institute and a graduate of Fresno State, urged her colleagues to support Measure E. 
  • “This is an issue for our most marginalized communities in the Central Valley. We serve Fresno County, but not just Fresno County – Kings County, Tulare County, Madera County – all these counties that are the smaller counties around Fresno that don’t have access to education other than Fresno State,” Rodriguez said. “A public affordable quality education – it’s the only place that they can get their four-year degree.” 
  • Trustee Raji Kaur Brar, who was born in Fresno and attended CSU Bakersfield, echoed similar comments. 
  • “Fresno State is such a part of the fabric of the community there,” Brar said. “I hope this passes. I think this will be a great role model for the rest of the schools hopefully to look at. I have a feeling that this is going to go over very well.” 
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