GOP Legislators Propose Higher Education Tuition Freeze

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Two Republican legislators propose banning tuition hikes for the next seven years at all of California's public universities and colleges.

"The cost of tuition has gone through the roof," state Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, said in a phone interview Monday. He authored one of two bills calling for a tuition freeze.

In the fall, he said, proponents of Proposition 30 toured university campuses warning that unless the ballot measure was passed, the California State University and the University of California systems would experience deep cuts and students would pay higher tuition.

He said he and Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, author of the other bill, hope to ensure promises made by backers of Proposition 30 are kept and that tuition doesn't increase.

Asked to comment on the legislation, Chico State University President Paul Zingg wrote in an email that he likes the idea of keeping education affordable.

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