April 18, 2012
From UC Regent Richard Blum’s opinion piece in today’s (April 18) Daily Californian:
…While there’s still some misinformation being flung about, I suspect most people have come to realize that the root cause for rising tuition at the University of California is state disinvestment, plain and simple. To be fair, the recession has cut significantly into state revenues. Political paralysis has enveloped Sacramento. And a straitjacketed budgeting process has made public higher education vulnerable, one of the few categories that lawmakers have the discretion to cut. Well, it’s time start eliminating the excuses. This is why – speaking as a UC Berkeley alumnus, a businessman and, most importantly, as a Californian – I fully endorse Gov. Brown’s proposed tax initiative.