Californians are divided on whether to extend the temporary tax increases approved by voters under Proposition 30 that have helped lift schools out of the recession, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.
Most Californians say that the state's public universities are not adequately funded, but an overwhelming majority oppose raising student fees or paying higher taxes to support the schools, according to a poll released Monday night by the Public Policy Institute of California.
State and federal financial aid has protected low-income and some middle class families from state universities' big tuition and fee increases – but not enough eligible families sought help, a report from the Public Policy Institute of California concluded.
Voter support for Proposition 2, a new version of a state budget rainy day fund, is increasing but is still shy of the majority backing that Gov. Jerry Brown will need to pass his signature ballot measure, according to a new poll.
Low-income students are being especially squeezed by fee increases at the state’s public colleges and universities because financial aid packages haven’t been able to keep up, according to a new report from the Public Policy Institute of California. The state should focus on boosting awards for low-income students, the report says.