There are seven years in a sabbatical. Snow White had seven dwarfs. There are seven deadly sins. And Prop 30 – the governor’s now-enacted tax initiative – raised taxes for seven years.
So legislative Republicans are pushing for a seven-year freeze on public university tuitions. Now it is true that the Republicans are in a diminished situation with Democrats holding a supermajority in the state legislature. But the idea of a tuition freeze will have an appeal beyond Republican ranks.
The PolitiCal blog of the LA Times has the story (excerpt):
Legislative Republicans on Monday proposed a seven-year freeze on tuition and fee increases at California’s public universities and community colleges to correspond with the length of tax increases under voter-approved Proposition 30. Two bills were introduced that would seek to freeze fees at California State University and the University of California and make sure Proposition 30 money goes to the universities so fee increases would be unnecessary. The measures were proposed just days before Gov. Jerry Brown releases his budget for next year…