GREG CONLON FOR U S SENATE SUPPORTS ASSEMBLY BILL 1711 WHICH RESTRICTS THE NUMBER OF NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS ATTENDING U C SYSTEM UNIVERSITIES.
Assembly Bill 1711 restricts the number of NON-RESIDENT students in the University of California system to 15.9% of the student body of each university. Greg Conlon, GOP candidate for U S Senate, wants to add a Revenue Adjustment each year consistent with the increases in appropriations to K-12 and California Community Colleges.
AB 1711 has passed the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee but must pass the Appropriation Committee tomorrow and then the full Assembly and Senate before passage.
Conlon is concerned that the 20,000 non-resident students attending the State's U C system deny an equal number of residents from being admitted to the nation's and the State's best public universities. The high number of non-resident student admissions is prompted by the need to increase the University system’s overall revenue to sustain it financially. As explained in the Public Policy Institute of California' and the California League of Women Voters’ comprehensive study and report about the U C System, General Fund appropriations were decreased from 18% in the mid 1970's to today's 11% to 12%. Tuition for both resident and non-resident students was increased to make up for this one-third reduction in State appropriations.
Although AB1711 addresses the increasing number of non-resident students who deny resident students the opportunity to attend top U C universities, it does not address the loss of revenue from the State General Fund appropriations. Conlon recommends that members of the Legislature who support AB1711 consider an amendment to the bill that would provide an automatic increase in State Appropriations to the U C system universities proportionate to the approximate percentage increase in Prop 98 appropriations each year for K-12 and Community Colleges.
Conlon would also recommend that the U C System would have to adjust its overall expenses downward by one-half the increase in appropriations for at least the first three years to get the U C System’s financial condition on a sound basis. Today the U C Berkeley alone has an estimated $150 million deficit for the current year budget.
If elected to the U S Senate Conlon would propose Federal legislation that would restrict the number of student visas consistent with AB1711 so students applying for student visas would need an academic standing in the upper half of the current resident students attending U C system universities.
Conlon is organizing and participating in a rally supporting the proposed AB1711 to encourage the legislature to restrict the number of non-residents and increase the appropriations to the U C and USC Systems accordingly.
JOIN RALLY TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR U C SYSTEM AND SUPPORT AB1711 JUNE 1ST AT 11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM AT THE STATE CAPITAL-- SOUTH STEPS JOIN US ALL ARE WELCOME