AB 1500 Passes CA State Assembly!
One Step Closer to Restoring Our Commitment To California's Students
August 16, 2012
We’re thrilled to share the news that AB 1500 has been passed in the California State Assembly! Parents, students and education advocates across the state have been working hard to coalesce grassroots support for Speaker John Perez’s Middle Class Scholarship Act.
AB 1500 is the portion of the Middle Class Scholarship Act that closes a $1 billion out-of-state corporate tax loophole to reduce college tuition at CSU and UC by two-thirds. If we can secure its final passage, we can prevent the rise of tuition costs on those middle-class families who do not qualify for financial aid, but who make less than $150,000.
Skyrocketing tuition costs have seriously undermined the crown jewel of our state. Rising costs are imposing crippling pressures on working families and struggling students. If this trend persists, California’s public institutions will become out of reach for many who qualify to attend. For these reasons, protecting students and expanding access must be an imperative of the California legislature.
That’s why Phil Ting fully supports Speaker Pérez’s Middle Class Scholarship Act. Now more than ever, it is important to ease the burden on families and students, so that California doesn’t renege on its commitment to make a college education accessible to all Californians.
Stay tuned as we continue to follow this story. And if you haven’t done so already, join Phil Ting and sign the petition to support the Middle Class Scholarship Act today.