Lawmakers form group to focus on education costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two California congressmen, one Democratic and one Republican, say they are forming a bipartisan caucus to advocate for the state's public universities and students.

Reps. Ami Bera and Jeff Denham announced the California Public Higher Education Caucus on Thursday, consisting of 31 members of the state's congressional delegation.

States have cut higher education funding in recent years to help balance their budgets. A recent study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says California has cut its spending by $1,373 per student since 2008, adjusting for inflation.

The caucus was formed at the request of California college students.

Its members have not yet decided which specific policies it will support, but the group says its primary goal is ensuring students are not priced out of attending college.