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UC board endorses tax initiative, freezes tuition

Posted: July 18, 2012 2:30 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2012 2:30 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A University of California committee has voted to freeze undergraduate tuition this fall and endorse Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative.

But UC officials say students could face a steep midyear tuition hike if voters reject the November ballot measure.

The resolution was approved Wednesday by the finance committee of the UC Board of Regents.

Under the recently adopted state budget, funding for the UC system will remain stable this fiscal year and increase by $125 million next year — if voters approve Brown's tax plan.

But if the initiative fails, UC would face a midyear budget cut of $250 million and need to consider a sharp tuition increase in January.

Several dozen students and workers dressed as zombies briefly disrupted the meeting when they started chanting and dancing to protest rising tuition.


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