GOP lawmakers are proposing a seven-year moratorium on tuition and fee increases at California’s two-year and four-year public colleges, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.
The rationale for the time period? That’s the amount of time tax increases on high income earners approved by voters who supported Proposition 30 in last November’s elections will be in effect. Two bills along those lines have been introduced in the Legislature, according the article.
What are the chances of the bills being approved? Almost zero – even though many Democrats have traditionally opposed college fee increases as a way to solve the state’s budget crisis. Democrats now enjoy an overwhelming majority in the Legislature and won’t need the GOP to pass a budget or even to raise revenues through additional fees and taxes.