It’s so unpopular, in fact, that the state’s lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, objects to it.

Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco (right), thinks that the budget recently proposed by Governor Jerry Brown is a bad one, and he suggests the University of California should challenge it.

According to an article by Jack Chang in the Sacramento Bee:

In his first remarks at a University of California Board of Regents meeting this morning, Lt. Gov. and Regent Gavin Newsom proposed challenging half a billion dollars in cuts to the UC system proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Newsom said the regents shouldn’t automatically accept the cuts and said, “I’m not convinced we’re going to lose that half a billion dollars.”

“I sit here bewildered by the state not of only our state but the state of our UC system,” Newsom said. “I didn’t come here to fail more efficiently. I didn’t come here to play in the margins. I didn’t want this job to keep asking the same old questions.”

Well actually he didn’t want that job at all; he wanted Brown’s job.

But whatever. We get it. More cuts to the UC system are bad. But California has a $25.4 billion budget deficit. Find $25.4 billion, Newsom. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer