Brown Proposes Cuts to UC, CSU in State Budget

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With the state facing a $25.4 billion budget gap for the 2011-12 fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed $500 million in cuts to the University of California as part of his 2011-12 budget on Monday.

Brown unveiled his first recommendation for the state's 2011-12 budget, proposing a total of $12.5 billion in reductions in state spending levels. His plan includes deep cuts to state welfare programs and a total of $1 billion in funding reductions to the state's higher education system.

"What I propose will be painful," said Brown at a televised news conference in Sacramento introducing his budget. "It will take sacrifice from every sector of California."

The $500 million funding cut to the UC represents a 17 percent reduction from the state's estimated funding level last year of about $2.9 billion to the university, according to UC spokesperson Steve Montiel.

The proposed cut - which Brown called "very difficult" at the news conference - continues a trend of diminishing state support for the UC that has seen annual state funding levels drop by $733.3 million since the 2007-08 fiscal year, according to Brown's budget proposal.

The California State University system - which has also experienced severe cuts in recent years - also will sustain a $500 million cut through Brown's plan. The plan also includes $432.5 million in cuts to the state's community college system while increasing the price per unit from $26 to $36.

Jordan Bach-Lombardo is the lead higher education reporter. Contact him at [email protected]

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