From a San Francisco Chronicle editorial: Gov. is prolonging an avoidable war with one of the state’s most important institutions, the . In debuting a a record state budget, he’s holding back $120 million that UC says it needs to avoid hefty tuition boosts. The governor knows he’s on safe political ground, at least for now. A vote by the university regents in November set in motion a 28 percent increase over five years, bringing on protests, the wrath of the state Legislature and his own objections at making students “the default financiers” of their education... Brown’s money-saving tips to UC aren’t persuasive. Tuition bumps could be avoided if the university went wide screen with online courses, made professors teach more and curbed pay increases for faculty and administrators, he suggests. All good ideas, Governor, but they’re nothing close to an answer... Personal services, from legal bills to personal trainers, are exempt from sales taxes. Quizzed about expanding the sales tax to include services, Brown questioned the political feasibility and joked about no one wanting to pay an 8.5 percent tax on a pilates or yoga class. It’s a brush-off answer from a cagey career politician. Brown should call off his showy feud with UC, negotiate a deal that moderates tuition swings and then move on to genuine tax reform.