Critics call it another scare tactic.
But California Governor Jerry Brown says it's a must and he made a stop in Fresno hoping to gain support for Proposition 30.
According to the California Secretary of State, if passed, Proposition 30 requires those who earn more than $250,000 a year to pay more in income taxes for 7 years.
It will increase sales and use tax for everyone in the state by a quarter of a cent for 4 years.
The temporary tax revenues will be used for schools and community colleges.
But local school boards will decide how the funds will be spent and it guarantees funding for public safety.
Surrounded by Fresno State, Fresno Unified and trade school administrators, Governor Brown told a packed house, big cuts to schools will take place if Proposition 30 fails.
Governor Jerry Brown says, "It's not about politicians, it's not about me, it's not the legislature, it's about kids students and the future of our state."
The governor says Prop, 30 will stop another $6 billion in cuts to our schools this year, and prevent steep tuition hikes for college students.
But critics say Prop. 30 doesn't really guarantee any new funding for schools, and instead allows politicians to take existing money for schools and use it for other programs and then replace it with new taxes.
Valley Taxpayer's Coalition Inc. President Chris Mathys says, "This is going into the general fund, its not for schools. They are saying it's for schools but in reality they can spend it on whatever they want."
Governor Brown says he guarantees it will provide new funds for schools. He says, "No doubt about it, over the next 4 years if Proposition 30 passes per student funding will go up about $2,400."
Opponents of Proposition 30 say it will raise sales and income taxes by as much as 50 billion dollars over the next 7 years for all Californians, and it's just a temporary tax for a permanent problem.
Governor Brown says, "We are taking a temporary tax because we've been in a hole. As we climb out of that hole through economic recovery money will come in, and as we pay down the debts created by prior administrations our costs will go down, and we will be able over the next 7 years to pay our bills with the revenue we have."
But taxpayers associations throughout the state say people are barely making it right now.
They claim the state doesn't have a budget funding problem. It has to take a closer look at the money spent on administration, buyouts and pensions, before politicians should ask for additional taxes.