If we have learned anything from past attempts to regulate areas where the technology innovation is moving quickly (copyright), not talking to small businesses and startup operators will eliminate a critical voice in the conversation of how such regulation would be practically implemented.
The California State Assembly has just passed a bipartisan resolution by voice vote which constitutes a serious attack on academic freedom and the rights of students and faculty to raise awareness about human rights abuses by U.S.-backed governments.
By blocking any new revenue streams to fund higher education, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Senate Republican minority are not only taxing California's young people and their families, they are crippling the state's future.
It didn't have to be this way. Had California accounted for its promises, billions would not have to be taken from discretionary programs, which is just the first wave of a massive tsunami: our underfunding is simply staggering.