Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s 2015-16 budget proposal:
“It is promising to see Governor Brown continuing his commitment to California’s long-term fiscal health by paying down debt, building our rainy day fund and investing in education – all critical pieces to ensure our state remains viable, vibrant and competitive. I am also pleased the Governor held strong on his belief that students should not be the financiers of California’s higher education system. The University of California (UC) receives millions in state funding, and therefore, should be held accountable to ensure taxpayer money is spent on what’s most important – providing California students with an affordable, world-class education.
“As the Governor stated on Monday, investing in infrastructure remains a priority and is imperative for a stronger California. While I am disappointed he did not include highway infrastructure in the budget, I look forward to working with him and my colleagues to find cost-effective, innovative solutions to address our aging highways.
Earlier this week, Cannella was appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the Transportation and Housing Committee. In December, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Cannella introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA) 1, an amendment that would require more transparency and fiscal accountability from the UC.
“While UC chancellors receive pay raises and UC regents demand more money from the state, students ultimately are paying the price with a 28% tuition increase over the next five years, we simply can’t continue to place these costs on the backs of our students,” said Cannella. “And while I don’t dispute increases in state funding that will benefit UC students, there must be more oversight, transparency and accountability. SCA 1 will give the Legislature and the public the power to hold UC responsible and accountable while maintaining their academic independence, allowing them to focus on what’s important – providing a world-class, affordable education for Californians.”