CA Senate jumps into UC tuition fracas

CA Senate jumps into UC tuition fracas

University_of_California_sealMaybe kids and their parents won’t have to pay higher University of California tuition.

Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown tried to reverse UC President Janet Napolitano’s 25 percent tuition hike over five years. But she outmaneuvered him at a Board of Regents meeting.

Now the California Senate is moving to the head of the class. Senate Bill 15 is by state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego. As his website explains:

“The proposal upgrades the State’s current financial aid system so it can support all California students more effectively and provide incentives for completing college within four years. The plan also proposes a higher tuition premium for non-resident UC students and a transition of the Middle Class Scholarship program.”

It was co-introduced by new Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles. The tuition increase for out-of-state students would top $4,000.

Although the UC and CSU systems have expressed interest in the bill, its fate will be out of their hands. The Assembly has not yet offered any enthusiasm.

The bill was a response, according to the San Jose Mercury news, of how Napolitano “put the onus on the Legislature and the governor to repair the damage: If they came up with more money, she suggested, the tuition increases would not need to be as large.”

Ending independence

A more radical bill is Senate Constitutional Amendment 1, by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens. The bipartisan bill was co-authored by Sens. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, and Joel Anderson, R-El Cajon.

SCA1 would amendment the California Constitution to take away the UC’s independence.

“The bill doesn’t list specific powers lawmakers would have over UC, where the governor-appointed regents are currently the highest authority,” the Chronicle reported. “But, under the bill, the elected officials would have the final say over any policy approved by the regents, from tuition levels to executive compensation.”

While the UC system has controlled its finances autonomously since the original California Constitution was signed in 1848, the Cal State system faces oversight from Sacramento — an arrangement seen as a model by Lara and Cannella.

As a constitutional amendment, SCA1 would need a two-thirds vote of of both houses of the Legislature to be put before voters in 2016.


California voters have not yet weighed in on SCA1, but current polling has showcased their own frustration.

The Public Policy Institute of California found strong opposition to tuition increases and tax increases alike, with 77 percent opposing hikes that hit students, and 58 percent siding against hits to their pocketbooks.

Yet the poll also found just over half of respondents felt funding for public higher education was too low.

The desire for more spending but lower taxes and tuition will be hashed over in the Legislature, by the governor and by voters over the next several years.


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  1. Timberrrrrr......
    Timberrrrrr...... 9 December, 2014, 15:46

    See, instead of just saying point-blank “No more tuition increases. Higher education is expensive enough as it is for the kids. If you can’t meet your bottom line, do away with the pensions and give across the board 401 K’s. Make do with what you have and kindly shut-up. And if you don’t like it – QUIT. We could easily find your replacement” they want to put the higher cost burden on the out-of-staters. Naturally, illegal aliens pay state resident rates, even though they broke in from other countries!!! How funny is that? What a tangled web the California kleptocrats weave!

    See, the reason the state legislators got involved is because they don’t want huge statewide student protests (which already commenced over this). So if they punish just the out-of-state students the protests would be minimized. But this is the problem they create. The out-of-staters will avoid California universities and the revenue will PLUMMET!!! Market forces (which the liberals just hate) will take over!!! The rich Chinese will send their kids to Oregon and Arizona and Texas and the Carolinas instead of California!!! UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES WILL REAR IT’S UGLY HEAD ONCE AGAIN!!! They whatcha goina do, bad boy, bad boy???? 😀

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  2. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 9 December, 2014, 19:58

    Sister Sledge was awarded this plum position for all of her outstanding service in ramping up the national police and surveillance state. Way to go, Sistah! Of course, the fact that she didn’t live in California, had absolutely no ties to the Golden State OR the UC system, were totally irrelevant. Love him or hate him, Jerry Brown is no carpetbagger. He is in fact a real californian. Send that Bull D**e back to Arizona….

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    • Timberrrrrr......
      Timberrrrrr...... 9 December, 2014, 23:39

      Yeah Bill, that UC appointment made no sense whatsover. Not a Californian. No experience in higher education administration. And then she floats all the way to the top? 😀 It had to be a back room deal to keep her from writing a ‘tell-all’ book about her adventures as Obama’s HSD czar. I bet if we knew the REST OF THE STORY – the hair on the backs of our necks would stand straight up for a whole week. I wonder who she brought on board as her administrative assistant? Whoever it is I bet she’s a cutie. 🙂

      What the heck happened to my post on journalism as a college major and subsequent job prospects for today’s journalism grad?? It was totally accurate. Damn, people are sure sensitive these days.

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  3. desmond
    desmond 10 December, 2014, 18:31

    I don t think the assistant looks like a cutie. She probably looks like Harmon Killebrew(name is an all time fav.).

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