SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2019-20 State Budget:
“I applaud Governor Newsom for prioritizing higher education in the state budget with significant, and much needed, investments in the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges. These investments are long overdue and critical to keeping California’s institutions of higher education a pinnacle of excellence. I also appreciate his efforts to increase and expand Cal Grant awards, especially to students with dependent children, and cover the cost of tuition for community college students.
However, California needs to do more. We know that the cost of tuition is not the only financial burden students face and that college is not truly ‘free’ until we can fully compensate the total cost of attendance. This year I will be advocating for complete Cal Grant reform in order to ensure we are meeting the needs of California’s most financially disadvantaged students first.
I commend Governor Newsom for introducing such a visionary first budget proposal. I look forward to working with Governor Newsom and my colleagues in the legislature to push for a fully reformed Cal Grant system that makes higher education accessible and affordable to our most underserved students.”
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