Re "Budget is a mixed bag -- what we know of it" (Editorials, June 13): You list "middle-class scholarships" as a "bad" part of the budget, but the middle-class needs help more than you realize. Increasing Cal Grants, as you suggest, does not help the middle class.
My family of four's income falls within the bottom threshold of middle class, and my child did not qualify for a Cal Grant. We are so proud of her being accepted into a UC, and we are certain she should go, but the price tag is $33,500 for one year of tuition, books, and board. Now how is a family that makes about $80,000 supposed to afford this? Student loans. This promotion of going into deep debt in order to get a higher education is the real problem. Scholarships for the middle class is not.
-- Debbie Roberts-Eccles, Sacramento