Bera “extremely disappointed” with U.C. tuition hike

2014.11.14, Letter to Rep. Napolitano to freeze tuition

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. released the following statement in response to the University of California (UC) tuition hike that Regents voted on earlier today:

“I’m extremely disappointed that U.C. Regents today voted in favor of an unreasonably high increase in tuition for students for the next five years. These hikes break a promise that was made to students and threaten to jeopardize the affordability of education for middle and low income students at a time when middle class families are already struggling. I attended U.C. schools for undergraduate and medical school because they were affordable and the education I got there has helped me pursue the American Dream. We need to work to bring down the skyrocketing cost of education so that that same dream is available to this and future generations, and I will continue to fight to do that.”

Earlier this month, Bera led the California delegation in urging U.C. President Janet Napolitano to maintain a tuition freeze (link to letter). Bera is a co-chair of the California Public Higher Education Caucus.

Source: Webpage of Congressman Ami Bera

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One thought on “Bera “extremely disappointed” with U.C. tuition hike

  1. Dear OpenUC

    Have you considered contacting your California Legislators asking them to consider raising the California Alcohol Sales Tax and not student tuitions?

    California ranks 40th in terms of alcohol sales Tax.

    http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/reviews/top-5-worst-states-alcohol-taxes/

    The State of Washington is first with

    Taxes per standard drink (¢)
    Beer
    Wine
    Spirits
    1
    WA
    7.1
    3.4
    41.3
    2
    AL
    9.8
    6.6
    21.4

    39
    AZ
    1.5
    3.3
    3.5
    40
    CA
    1.9
    0.8
    3.9
    41
    WV
    1.7
    3.9
    3.3

    California population: 38,332,521
    State of Washington population: 6,971,406

    Alcohol Taxes raised the following in 2011
    California $334,178,000
    Washington $331,900,000

    http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxfacts/displayafact.cfm?Docid=399

    With a population 6 times larger, we might expect California to raise 6 times more revenue from alcohol if it were to adopt Washington’s taxes on alcohol. That would be $1,991,400,000

    http://legacy-its.ucop.edu/uwnews/stat/statsum/fall2012/statsumm2012.pdf

    Page 27 says the total number of UC graduates and undergraduates is 238,686

    The tuition is expected to rise $3368 over 5 years. So, in 5 years this tuition rise will raise the following:

    238,686 X $ 3,368 = $803,894,448

    So, raising the alcohol tax in California to tax rate in the State of Washington will raise $1,991,400,000

    which is more than enough to cover the $803,894,448
    that will be raised by raising U.C. student tuition.

    May we find a way to fund education (and not through tuition increases).

    Thanks,

    Bruce Burdick

    Liked by 1 person

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