California Republicans Want 7-Year Tuition Freeze
- Californians approve measure that will avert major education cuts
- Despite promising election results, California higher education still faces uphill battle
- California lawmakers target students and faculty to pass tax hike measure
- Hot Button Decisions in California
- California's public colleges face more budget cuts if tax hike fails
In a major victory for California public higher education, voters in November approved a plan by Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, to raise some taxes for seven years. Brown and others campaigned for the tax increase by saying that it would allow the public universities to avoid tuition increases. Republicans have now responded by proposing legislation that would freeze tuition for seven years, the duration of the tax increases, The Los Angeles Times reported. While unlikely to pass, the proposal is seen as a way to shape the debate over spending priorities in the state, the newspaper said.