Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom's Statement on California State University's Proposed Budget


11-16-2011



Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom today issued the following statement regarding the California State University system's proposed budget:

"Over the course of the last ten years, resident undergraduate fees have spiked significantly at the University of California and the California State University systems, continuing an alarming trend of passing more of the cost of public higher education onto hard working students and their families.

"In today's economy, the timing of the proposed 9% tuition increase could not come at a more difficult time. Families are struggling to make ends meet and many who had hoped to afford higher education are rethinking whether college is a realistic option.

"Much has been made in Sacramento about funding priorities and it's obvious that during these challenging times, difficult choices need to be made. For years, there has been a lot of discussion about maintaining access to higher education. However, the proposed budget that will be presented to the Board of Trustees does little to protect educational access.

"We have an obligation to our students and their families to send a strong message to Sacramento that our higher education system and economy can not meet its potential unless this catastrophic trend is reversed.

"Tomorrow, I will ask my colleagues on the board to join me in rejecting the 9% tuition increase and stop looking at students as a solution to addressing our fiscal uncertainties."

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