San Jose State commencement speaker Steve Lopez nails it

Emphasis mine.

Higher education should remain a commitment in state budget
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block recently wrote in The Times that of the 42 Republicans in our state Legislature, 29 are products of California's public system of higher education. They got a great bargain, but not a single one of them has supported a Brown proposal — balance the budget half with cuts and half with a temporary extension of existing tax increases — that would maintain a barely acceptable level of quality in the Cal State system and help students avoid crippling tuition hikes.

Our priorities are out of whack, state tax structure has been screwed up since Proposition 13, and a disengaged public wakes up only often enough to make things worse with ballot initiatives. As wealth becomes all the more concentrated at the top, we need more than ever a state university system that can help balance the playing field.

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