Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, today issued the following statement regarding the decision by the Board of Regents of the University of California to approve system-wide tuition increases by 28 percent over the next five years:
"In 2012, Californians passed Proposition 30 with the expectation that the new taxes would prevent tuition hikes at state schools as long as they remained in effect. Yet just two years later, the out-of-touch UC regents have approved a plan to increase tuition by as much as $3,400 over the next five years.
"Students and their families are justifiably outraged. The Governor and legislative Democrats have not used all of the Proposition 30 revenue for public education, as was promised to voters. This year, only two percent of these tax dollars have gone to public higher education. Their broken commitment does not excuse the regents' attempt to fill in UC's budget shortfalls on the backs of students, in order to pay off unfunded pension obligations and support raises for administrators.
"As we emerge from the recession, families cannot afford higher tuition rates. If California is to remain a leader on the world stage, we can't keep pricing the next generation out of a quality education and making it more difficult to climb the economic ladder. Californians need to hold the majority party accountable for its spending priorities and continue pressuring the regents to put students first."