A proposal introduced Thursday by Democratic state senators would chip away at the billions of dollars' worth of facility upgrades at UC and Cal State campuses — if voters approve it.
The measure, by Sens. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) and Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), would authorize the sale of $2 billion in general obligation bonds specifically meant for higher education facilities. If the legislation passes, the bonds would go before the voters in the 2018 general election.
“For many generations, California taxpayers have been proud supporters of the greatest higher education system in America,” Glazer said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we have allowed classrooms and libraries to deteriorate, affecting our ability to educate our students. Without public support, the burden of financing facilities will be borne by students and their families through higher tuition and fees."