Senator Ted Gaines
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2014
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Senator Gaines Condemns University Of California Tuition Hike Vote
Committee Approval Moves Increase Forward
SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today denounced the University of California Board of Regents’ committee decision to raise tuition by as much as 25-percent over the next five years. This committee approval will send the tuition increase proposal to the full Board of Regents for a vote tomorrow:
“If the full Board approves this plan, it will be another gut punch to middle-class families already struggling to make ends meet in this high-cost state. Just two years ago, Californians had their taxes increased with Proposition 30, after being promised that the money would be used to freeze the skyrocketing cost of college. This year, only about two percent of those funds have been spent on universities. What an embarrassment.
“The UC administrators should also be ashamed of themselves. They are compensated like tech company CEOs with exorbitant salaries and lavish pensions. It’s unconscionable that students are being asked to dig deeper while the expansion of the UC ruling class continues without pause.
“Rather than raise tuition, the Regents need to reduce spending, offer more online classes and limit faculty and executive pay raises. Any year there is a tuition increase, there should be an automatic freeze on administration salary increases.
“I say no to the misguided and punishing tuition hikes. Our world-class universities must be open and available to everyone in the state, not just the wealthiest sliver. I hope the Regents agree with me and vote tomorrow to protect our students.”
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Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.