Around 40 UC Berkeley students traveled to Sacramento Monday to join a group of 2,000 protesters demonstrating in the March for Higher Education, a lobbying effort to increase state funding for universities and community colleges.
The peak of the event was a noon rally on the steps of the Capitol building in which representatives from the UC, CSU and community college campuses voiced their demands to legislators. Despite the recent passage of Proposition 30, which prevented midyear tuition hikes, speakers voiced concern over long-term tuition increases, decreasing Pell Grants and newly proposed unit caps.
“I’m here today to make sure the state doesn’t decrease funding for public education,” said ASUC Senator and SQUELCH! presidential candidate Jason Bellet. “Prop. 30 didn’t solve the problem — in many ways, it’s a Band-Aid for a much larger wound.”
Gov. Jerry Brown’s Prop. 30, which passed in November, stopped a $250 million cut to the UC system by imposing taxes on sales and earnings above $250,000. The education funding received from the proposition is set to expire in 2019.