An advocate for California taxpayers says the state’s university system is trying to scare voters into passing tax hikes. Meanwhile, salaries of higher-ups within the system continue to rise.
The Regents of the University of California has backed Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) tax hike plan, promising to freeze next year’s tuition for undergraduates if the measure passes. Passage of Proposition 30, Brown’s November ballot measure — along with the tuition freeze — would give the UC system $125 million more. If the proposition fails, however, the university will have to settle for an almost $300 million mid-year cut. UC officials estimate they could raise tuition 20 percent for undergraduates to cover the cost.
“I don’t think that it’s fair to the students to raise the tuition when you have these absorbent — I mean extremely absorbent — pays for campus presidents and administrators,” she contends. “I think the fact that California has low tuition compared to other states attracts students to stay in the state of California. So I think what it would do — if they increase the tuition if tax initiative fails, which I believe it will — it’s just going to drive students out to other universities.”
Opponents of Brown’s Proposition 30 claim the University of California is threatening to hold “higher education hostage.”
- Possible rise in University of California tuition (uloop.com)
- UC Tuition Hike Hinges On Brown’s California Tax Initiative (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
- UC tuition could rise sharply if tax measure fails (sacbee.com)
- UC proposes 20 percent tuition hike if tax fails (mercurynews.com)
- UC board to endorse tax initiative, freeze tuition (sacbee.com)