California higher education leaders have high hopes for Newsom’s spending plan

As California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom will face a rare and well-timed opportunity to put his mark on the world’s largest higher education system.

Newsom, who is to be inaugurated Jan. 7, starts off with an estimated $14.8 billion state budget surplus and, as a result, high expectations among higher education leaders and experts that he will keep many of his campaign promises. Among those pledges: more money to the state’s university systems to avoid tuition hikes, two years of free community college, financial aid reform and better coordination throughout higher education…

With legislation already introduced in Sacramento for that second year of free tuition, the proposal seems likely to be “a high priority and hopefully an early win for this administration,” said Max Lubin, founder and CEO of Rise California, a group that is pushing for free tuition across the board at the state’s colleges and universities.

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