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College leaders back taxes


The leaders of two of California’s three college systems urged passage of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to extend taxes, saying they are needed to avoid even more devastating pain than they already envision from $1.4 billion in higher education cuts Brown is proposing, reports Mercury News. Before a hearing at the Capitol Monday, California State University Chancellor Charles Reed said Brown told him and UC President Mark Yudoff “if this doesn’t pass, we’ll come back and cut more.”
“So, sure, we need to support an increase in revenue,” Reed said. “You have to pay for what you get. Everybody wants more and more government but they don’t want to pay for it. But they have to pay for it.”
Yudoff said that “intellectually, it makes a great deal of sense” and that he is “sympathetic” to it. But he needs to see the particulars of a ballot measure that has yet to be worked out among legislators who are considering Brown’s budget.
It would be “tragic” if a tax extension does not get on the ballot, said Jack Scott, the chancellor for California Community Colleges…

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