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.”