Janet Napolitano - Corrupt Whore
- California, a state of idiots. They put Leftist Democrats in charge to spend countless billions on bullshit like high-speed rail while screwing over the parents of college students.
- Lining your pockets - "The University of California has leased an Oakland residence for incoming system president Janet Napolitano for $9,950 a month, officials said Monday. Napolitano, the former U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, will be provided the housing plus an annual $570,000 salary, $8,916 a year for car expenses and $142,500 for one-time relocation costs." - - - Los Angeles Times.
A committee of the University of California's governing board voted Wednesday for a tuition increase during each of the next five years over the protests of Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and students.
After running a gauntlet of protesters, the committee voted 7-2 to approve the plan recommended by UC President Janet Napolitano that would raise tuition as much as 5 percent annually.
Napolitano has said the increase was contingent on the state not giving the 10-campus system more money than currently budgeted.
The full Board of Regents is expected to consider the plan on Thursday, with a majority already indicating they support it reports ABC News.
Under the plan, the average annual cost of a UC education for California residents would go up $612 to $12,804 next fall and to $15,564 by fall 2019. Tuition rates at the 10 schools have been frozen for three years.
The meeting got testy after Brown, a member of the committee. insisted the system's finances have improved under his watch, and that Napolitano and the regents should be able to make do without raising tuition.
He took particular aim at the contention by several regents that the system needs to increase the salaries of administrators and faculty so it can compete with elite private universities for talent.
"We are not talking about a scarcity (of funding) here that is impossible to live with," the governor said.
Napolitano shot back that the money Brown has budgeted for the campuses next year still leaves it below 2008 funding levels. With the budgeted amount, "we will never catch up to where we were then, never mind to when your mother attended," she said.
Before the vote, several members of the board who won't vote until Thursday also put the blame on Sacramento.
Regent Bonnie Reiss, a former adviser to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, noted that the state has managed to find money for high-speed rail and a multi-million dollar rainy fund while giving the university short-shrift.
"What we are saying is the experience of the last decade is the state is an inherently unreliable partner in investing in state public higher education," Reiss said.
UC Executive Vice President Nathan Brostrom, who oversees the system's budget, told the committee that only students with annual family incomes above $175,000 would pay all of the increases, and more than half of all UC students would continue paying no tuition thanks to financial aid.
Students from families that earn between $100,000 and $150,000 a year are likely to see their tuition costs go down over the next four years because of a middle-class scholarship program approved by the state, Brostrom added.
The dissenting votes on Wednesday came from the governor and Student Regent Sadia Saifuddin, who urged UC leaders and state officials to work with students.
"Six hundred dollars may not seem like a lot but that is almost an entire month's rent for some students who are barely making it by as it is, and I was one of those students," Saifuddin said.
The committee had to shout their vote over students who were chanting loudly as they tried to delay the action.
Before the vote, the governor outlined his plan to create a task force to look into various ways of making the UC budget go further by educating more students in less time.