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Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon says he'll oppose rolling back higher-education aid for middle-class students

With budget negotiations entailing, in Gov. Jerry Brown's words, "pushing... and some shoving," Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon telegraphed one tussle that's sure to happen over the next several months: the future of the Middle Class Scholarship program.

The aid program, championed by former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, offers assistance to UC and CSU students from families that make $80,000 to $150,000 annually.

The program has faced political threats before. Senate leader Kevin de León proposed axing the program in 2014 as part of a proposal to fend off UC tuition increases.

Now, Brown is proposing phasing out the scholarship entirely. Under his plan, only the students who have already received awards would be eligible for new money. Brown estimates that by the 2020 budget year, the phase-out would reduce costs to the state's general fund by nearly $116 million.

During Rendon's response Tuesday afternoon to Brown's budget proposal, the Democrat from Paramount singled out the Middle Class Scholarship as a program he wants to protect. Rendon is a close political ally to Pérez; the former speaker even officiated at his wedding.

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