California College Administrators: Dealing With It

Administrators at public California colleges have expressed tentative support for Governor Jerry Brown’s budget, one that’s not exactly generous to higher education.

According to an article by Anthony York in the Los Angeles Times:

Leaders of the state’s higher education systems have lent their support to Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to extend billions in taxes to balance the state’s books.

The University of California and California State University systems each lost $500 million through legislation passed last month. Community college fees increased $10 per unit. But administrators fear more severe cuts ahead if Brown’s tax plan is not enacted.

If taxes are not extended, university “enrollments will decline, we’ll turn tens of thousands of students away,” said CSU Chancellor Charles Reed. “We’ll have to raise tuition more.” UC President Mark Yudof praised Brown for “doing a terrific job of trying to bring all these loose ends together and have a plan to move forward.”

Well not that Yudof really has any other option. He takes a $500 million cut if he supports the budget. He takes a $500 million cut if he opposes it.

Brown’s budget calls for $9 billion in higher sales, income and vehicle taxes.
Brown plans to travel around California to get citizens to support unpopular tax hikes.

Both Reed and Yudof are eager to avoid any additional state cuts to their budgets.

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Daniel Luzer

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