As part of a 2012-2013 budget proposal sure to satisfy parents of college students, Gov. Jerry Brown has recently worked with Democratic leaders to guarantee to hold tuition rates flat for both the UC and CSU systems over the course of this year and the next. This guarantee comes on the heels of initiatives to cut state spending and reduce the state’s $15.7 billion deficit. The proposal will cost the state $125 million for each system and is contingent upon Brown’s November ballot measure to raise state taxes to account for the shortcomings.
For taxpayers, this decision has mixed implications. Most considerably is the notion as to whether it is appropriate for Californians to bare the brunt of higher taxes that could have Continue reading