SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins released the following statement regarding the threat of increased tuition rates at the University of California:
“I am opposed to the threatened fee increases and will vote against them at the November meeting of the Board of Regents. With Cal Grant restorations and the Middle Class Scholarship, the Assembly has taken the lead on making college more affordable for California families, so it is disturbing to see students used as leverage in budget negotiations. While the state's commitment to higher education absolutely needs to be backed up with adequate resources, fee increases are not the solution, and California families have already endured enough of them. There are other places to look for funds rather than fee increases. By always leading with, and relying so heavily on student fee increases, UC avoids dealing with the tough work required to find other solutions. UC needs to recognize the realities facing middle class Californians and step down from brinksmanship that could wind up harming students and the UC system itself.”
Speaker Atkins serves on the UC Board of Regents.
Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker