Governor, students need your leadership

Editor’s Note: This op-ed was previously published in the California Aggie. Here at the University of California, students are living in interesting times. After nearly a billion dollars in state funding cuts and a doubling of tuition in just five years, 2013 looks to deliver at least a moment of
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Tax initiative’s failure would devastate university

While the initiative is far from perfect, it provides students with immediate relief. Students have carried the burden of inadequate state funding for far too long. The initiative would provide funding to ensure that students do not experience another fee increase in the 2012-13 academic year.
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California financial aid has increased along with tuition

According to a report released Monday, California awarded almost $1.3 billion in financial aid in 2010-11. The figure represents a 22 percent increase from the previous year — a significant rise when compared to the 2.5 percent average increase in state financial aid across the United States.
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