Students rally on Earth Day in support of tax initiative

Gracie Malley/Senior Staff
ASUC External Affairs Vice President Shahryar Abbasi spoke at an Earth Day rally in favor of an oil severance tax initiative.

About 25 students gathered on the steps of Sproul Hall on Earth Day to rally support for an oil-tax initiative that would generate funds for education, among other government programs. The California Modernization and Economic Development Act, drafted by UC Berkeley students in January, would implement a 9.5 percent severance
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Not another tax, not now

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: A potential state oil severance tax proposed by students is unlikely to pass on the heels of Proposition 30’s recent victory.

Now is not the right time to push for the passage of a state oil severance tax. Certainly, a conversation about the issue is warranted — California is the fourth-largest oil producer in the country and one of the only such states without a severance tax. But passing the tax
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