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College Fees Would Be Frozen Under Governor’s Budget Plan

Sacramento, CA — California college students might get a financial break next year under a proposal by Governor Schwarzenegger.

An official from Schwarzenegger´s administration says the governor will propose a freeze on university fee hikes next year. His budget plan for the 2006 to 2007 fiscal year will propose an additional $75 million for the University of California, and about $54 million for the California State University.

Both systems had voted to raise that much money with increased student fees for the fall 2006 semester. But if state lawmakers approve this spending plan, the UC and CSU systems would keep fees at the current level.

The move is the latest attempt by Schwarzenegger to smooth his image heading into the new year, after voters rejected his four “year of reform” initiatives in November.

He previously settled a lawsuit over hospital staffing ratios that had angered a powerful nurses union and appointed a Democrat to be his chief of staff.