The president pro-tem of the California state senate, Kevin de León, seems to want to sidestep a confrontation with UC and leave the contest to the governor:
"Janet Napolitano has a lot of moxie for doing what she did, a direct challenge to the executive branch, not to the legislative branch,” De León told reporters...
Full story at http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-new-california-senators-take-oath-of-office-bills-introduced-20141201-story.html
But, on the other hand, the Senate doesn't want tuition increases:
Tuition at the University of California would stay flat, Cal State
students would get paid to finish faster and California’s two university
systems would expand the number of students they enroll under a plan
Democrats in the state Senate unveiled Tuesday. The multi-faceted
higher education funding proposal from Senate leader Kevin de León comes
weeks after UC President Janet Napolitano threatened to raise tuition
at the state’s premier university system if the state doesn’t give UC
more money. UC’s governing board voted last month to hike tuition by 5
percent a year for each of the next five years unless lawmakers come
through with bigger funding increases than previously promised. The
Senate Democrats’ plan does that – and then some – through a 17 percent
increase on the tuition students from outside of California would pay
to attend UC, a $156 million boost in general fund spending on higher
education and shifting money for a scholarship program for middle class
students that was a signature accomplishment of former Assembly Speaker
John A. Pérez, a political rival of de León’s who was recently appointed
to the UC Board of Regents... Napolitano issued a statement Tuesday calling the Senate Democrats' plan a "promising first step toward making sure that public higher education benefits Californians today and for generations to come"...
Full story at http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article4242343.html
Again, dear readers, a reminder. THE budget will be passed in June. Until then, everything is a proposal.