SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Assembly has approved a bill to cut tuition at the University of California and California State University by two-thirds for students whose families make too much to qualify for financial aid.
AB1501, part of Assembly Speaker John Perez's so-called "Middle-Class Scholarship Act," passed the Assembly on a 54-17 vote Wednesday and goes to the Senate.
The tuition relief would be available for students whose families make less than $150,000 a year.
Wednesday's vote does not provide funding for the program. A separate bill by the Los Angeles Democrat would generate $1 billion by eliminating a corporate tax break. Perez said he would bring that legislation up later.
Many Republican lawmakers opposed the legislation, saying public universities should be forced to cut spending and limit tuition increases.
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