SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s proposed 2018-19 Budget:
“The Governor’s budget proposal emphasizes his continued efforts to build California’s ‘Rainy Day Fund’ and I commend his efforts to ensure California is always prepared for economic uncertainty. In addition to economic instability, we need to continue to prioritize college affordability to ensure students across the state have access to high quality education. I applaud the Governor for increasing accessibility to California Community Colleges through the creation of a new online community college, which will ensure a strong workforce pipeline. However, at a proposed investment of over $100 million, it will be critically important for the Legislature to see and assess the details of this proposal.
I am also concerned that the proposal leaves the California State University and the University of California underfunded, which may force another round of tuition increases. The state has a responsibility to ensure that an excellent higher education remains accessible and affordable to all students. I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues to ensure higher education remains a top priority.”