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Capitol Roundup: Marking Roe v. Wade, CSU Tuition Freeze

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Calif. Abortion Groups Mark Roe v. Wade
The National Right to Life Movement says the ruling has led to the loss of 55 million lives, and the California ProLife Council held a dinner Tuesday night remembering them.
Earlier in the day, abortion rights supporters gathered at the State Capitol.  Democratic Assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal spoke of the days when abortions weren't legal - and of the women who sought them anyway. 
Lowenthal: "It was a horrific time - not all of them came back.  There were back alleys, there were people who didn't practice medicine, there were people who went across our borders to get our basic rights met."
Meanwhile, the battle over abortion access in California continues.  Legislative Democrats say they'll take try again to pass a bill that stalled last year in a State Senate committee.  It would expand the types of California health professionals who could legally provide first-trimester abortion services. 
CSU: No Tuition Increases to Make Up $250 Million Funding Gap
California State University administrators are asking the state for nearly a quarter-billion dollars more than Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposes.  But the governor is warning that CSU will have to make do without everything it's asking for.
Brown and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom both attended Tuesday's CSU Trustees meeting in Long Beach.
During the meeting, Newsom pushed Chief Financial Officer Benjamin Quillian on whether tuition could be affected by that funding gap. 
Newsom: "The idea or issue surrounding tuition or fee increases is off the table.  That will not be presented as an option." 
Quillian: "At this point, we are operating as if we will not increase tuition."
The governor's proposed budget would give CSU $125 million more than last year.  But the system is looking for more than $370 million - including more than $85 million for salary increases.  Brown suggested those pay raises would not be so "easily obtained."
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