Lieutenant governor candidate and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement today regarding the decision by CSU trustees to increase student fees.
"The decision made today by the CSU trustees to increase fees for students yet again is truly disappointing. The 5 percent increase is the seventh in eight years, and it is on top of the 32 percent increase just last year. The burden these hikes place upon the families of California is simply unacceptable, and we must do everything possible to relieve our middle class of the skyrocketing costs of higher education, which is necessary for the economic viability of our state. Other sources of revenue for the CSU system can and will be found by those willing to work on behalf on the nearly
half-million CSU students. For years, I have been committed to keeping higher education affordable, and I know the bitter reality that every increase in cost makes the benefits of college unobtainable to thousands of Californians. We urgently need solutions to stem the tide of rising costs of higher education in California."