Sen. Cannella Issues Statement on Legislation to Protect Higher Education Funding and Freeze Tuition at all Public Colleges

Friday, January 24, 2014

State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement regarding SB 58 to temporarily freeze higher-education tuition rates for the duration of the "Temporary Taxes to Fund Education" proposition approved by voters in 2012:

“I applaud Governor Brown’s commitment to remain true to his promise to keep our higher education system both affordable and world-class. If we are going to get our economy back on track we need an educated workforce, yet more and more students are finding the dream of a UC and CSU education out of reach due to escalating costs. As a result of the Governor’s efforts to freeze tuition last year and UC President Janet Napolitano’s pledge to freeze tuition this upcoming year, I am not going forward with my bill, SB 58. If, in the future, there is the potential to see tuition rise, I will revisit introducing a similar bill.”

Tuition and fees for UC students increased 43% from 2007 to 2010. In 2012, California voters approved Proposition 30, a statewide tax increase that is expected to generate $50 billion in new revenue over 7 years in order to avoid additional cuts.