Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s inauguration speech.
“Overall, I am pleased with what the Governor outlined today, and I look forward to working with him and my fellow lawmakers in a bipartisan fashion to ensure a stronger California, focusing on job creation and our aging infrastructure, such as highways, bridges, and water systems,” said Cannella. “It is imperative, however, that we are fiscally responsible and continue to focus on reducing debt and improving our state’s fiscal health. I am also encouraged and support the Governor’s statement that students should not be the financiers of California’s higher education system. We must have more transparency and accountability from the University of California (UC) to ensure taxpayer money is being spent on where it should be spent – California students.”
In December, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Cannella introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA) 1, an amendment that would require more transparency and fiscal accountability from the UC.
“While UC chancellors receive pay raises and UC regents demand more money from the state, students ultimately are paying the price with a 28% tuition increase over the next five years, we simply can’t continue to place these costs on the backs of our students,” said Cannella. “And while I don’t dispute increases in state funding that will benefit UC students, there must be more oversight, transparency and accountability. SCA 1 will give the Legislature and the public the power to hold UC responsible and accountable while maintaining their academic independence, allowing them to focus on what’s important – providing a world-class, affordable education for Californians.”