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Local Professors Protest Budget Cuts To Higher Education

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Aired 10/29/09

College and university professors from North County to the South Bay are staging a large-scale rally today in downtown San Diego. They say budget cuts to higher education have to stop.

College and university professors from North County to the South Bay are are staging a large-scale rally today in downtown San Diego. They say budget cuts to higher education have to stop.

The demonstration is the first to bring all San Diego County faculty unions together, including those who work in regional universities and community colleges. They plan to take their message to the streets, marching through downtown San Diego.

Community college professor Jim Miller says it's time to overturn the 2/3 majority vote needed in the legislature for revenue increases. He says taxes on the wealthy, corporations and oil companies are the solution.

"Having small revenue increases on oil companies is not the end of the world," Miller said. "If it means we can save the UC, the community colleges and the Cal State University System, these are not radical proposals."

The rally coincides with another faculty forum about budget cuts at San Diego State University. Organizers say the demonstrations show faculty is now rising up against the cuts alongside students.

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