Peter Mathews on Weak Jobs Report; $225 Per Unit LBCC Tuition; 57% Female, 43% Male U.S. College Ratio

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, The David Cruz Show: Mathews analyzes economy, LBCC Winter $225 unit fee, college gender imbalance.

Professor Mathews sees the 148,000 jobs created in September as woefully inadequate for a strong economic recovery. He calls for closing the unproductive corporate tax loopholes to fund massive investment in low interest loans to small business, in technical, trade, and higher education, and in rehiring public workers such as firefighters, teachers, and police officers. This will kick start the U.S. and California economy and keep it humming.

Mathews notes that the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees vote on Tues. Oct. 22 to implement AB 955 and raise LBCC Winter tuition to $225 per unit is counterproductive for student access and for economic growth. Prof. Mathews suggests closing unproductive California corporate tax loopholes enjoyed by companies like Facebook and Apple, to fully fund Higher Education and reduce tuition fees, not raise them to $225 per unit. Mathews finally states that the 57% female to 43% male ratio imbalance should not be corrected by limiting women’s educational opportunity, but by addressing the barriers that boys face in K-12, barriers such as these: for every 100 girls in special ed. there are 217 boys; for every 100 girls expelled, there are 335 boys; for every 100 girls with learning disabilities, there are 276 boys; for every 100 girls emotionally disturbed, there are 324 boys.  [Listen]  (10 min.)

AB 955 Passed Ca. Senate Committee: Allows $200/unit Community College Tuition in Summer and Winter

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, the David Cruz Show: (Sep. 2, 2013). Prof. Mathews says Assemblyman Das Williams’ $200/unit bill will impede students’ education. Professor Peter Mathews claims that Assemblyman Das Williams’ bill, AB 955, which will force Community College students to pay the full $200 per unit cost of their education, without state subsidies, during summer and winter sessions, will block middle class students from taking these courses, and slow down their progress. AB 955 was approved by the California Senate Appropriations Committee on Friday August 30, and was sent on its way to a floor debate and vote. If it passes the full Senate, it will go to the Assembly for concurrence, and on to the Governor for signature or veto. Peter Mathews points out that since 2008, the California Legislature has cut $800,000,000 (30% reduction) from the California Community Colleges. This has resulted in 100,000 fewer course offerings and 600,000 students losing access to Community College. Mathews told the radio audience that Das Williams and fellow Legislators should not burden California’s College Students by charging them outrageous tuition fees of $200 per unit but instead, should work to close unproductive corporate tax loopholes, such as the off shoring tax loophole, oil severance tax loophole and the big business property tax loophole, which would generate over $10 billion of additional state revenue which should be used to fully education, reduce college tuition, and invest in small business and California’s infrastructure to create new jobs. Mathews said that this would enable Long Beach City College to restore the vocational and technical programs that were cut last year. Mathews noted that 50,000 well paying  Boeing jobs were lost in the last 20 years in the Long Beach area and need to be replaced. [Listen]

Special Mentions:  Long Beach City College

Peter Mathews: Appropriations Committee Must Bury AB 955’s $200/Unit Community College Tuition Fees

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, The David Cruz Show: Fri. Aug. 30 Calif. Senate Committee vote to support or oppose $200 unit fee is critical. Professor of American and California Government Peter Mathews noted that the California Senate Appropriations Committee will be deciding, after the end of the regular session, on Fri. Aug 30, whether to support AB 955 and send it on its way toward becoming law, or to stop it in its tracks. Mathews notes that the proposed law would allow California Community College Districts to implement plans to charge students $200 per unit (more than 4 times what students pay now) for Summer and Winter session classes. Mathews warned that this would put Higher Education out of the reach of Working Middle class students, and would further drag down the California economy. Mathews was also critical of the decision of the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees’ decision to eliminate 11 Vocational and Technical Education Certificate programs on which many successful job seekers, including Veterans, rely. Professor Peter Mathews instead suggested closing the Oil Severance Tax loophole, which costs California $4 billion annually, and using that money to fully fund California Public Education, Kindergarten through College and University. When KTLK talk show host David Cruz asked what listeners could do to have their voices heard, Mathews gave out the phone number of the California Senate Appropriations committee so that those who wished could call and express themselves on the very important issue of AB 955’s $200 per unit, probably unconstitutional/illegal, Two-tiered Community College Tuition Fee System.      [Listen]  (10 min.)

President Obama’s College Rating Plan, Nasdaq’s Glitch Do not Explain Fundamental Problems in Education, Economy

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, The David Cruz Show: (Aug 22, 2013). State cuts in Education Funding, and lack of demand in the Economy are the culprits. Professor Peter Mathews says that many states have severely cut their spending on higher education, forcing students (and their parents) to: pay skyrocketing tuition fees and increase their debt, take longer to graduate because of cut class sections, and settle for lower paying jobs because of outsourcing and a sluggish economy. Mathews points out that the “recovery” from the Great Recession is anemic and sluggish because of government policies that promoted tax loopholes and outsourcing for Corporate Big Business while over taxing and reducing capital for Small Business, and reducing investment in Infrastructure and New Technology Jobs.    [Listen]  (10 min.)


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Mathews discusses Court cuts, College fees, Clean Money Elections, Immigration, State Bank to Fund Small Business

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, The David Cruz Show: Mathews urges public involvement to rebuild the Middle Class and restore American Democracy. (June 12, 2013) Mathews examines several critical developments: the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s plans to cut 500 jobs, AB 955’s proposed $200 per unit Community College tuition, special interest influence in Congress through campaign funding and lobbying, the need for Clean Money Elections, California State Budget proposals, the need for a California State Bank to fund Small Business growth, and Senator Barbara Boxer’s offer to suspend Senatorial pay until the debt ceiling limit is raised. (12 min.)     [Listen]