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Cal State system has $250 million funding gap

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown appears at the California State University Board of Trustees meeting for the 2013-14 proposed budget, online education and cuts in administrative expenses, and its potential effects on the CSU at the CSU chancellor's office in Long Beach, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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From page A4 | January 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

LONG BEACH — California State University officials said Tuesday they will need nearly $250 million more in state funding for the next academic year than is currently proposed, an amount that Gov. Jerry Brown called “a dream more than reality.”

Brown warned the board of trustees at its Tuesday meeting that any request for funding more than the currently slated $125 million for 2013-14 will be hard to push through the Legislature.

“Look, it’s a tight ship and it’s going to get tighter,” he said. “We’re going to have to do some, how shall I say it – very creative, very thoughtful, very caring adjustments.”

Brown, who is a member of the board by virtue of his office, attended the trustees’ meeting for the second time in a row, a sign that he is paying close attention to public higher education spending and policies. Last week, he also attended the University of California board of regents meeting for the second time.

CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor Robert Turnage told trustees that the system will need nearly $372 million in additional funds to pay for items ranging from salary raises to maintenance and equipment.

Brown has agreed to give CSU $125 million extra under the condition that the university will not raise tuition. Of that amount, $10 million will be spent to expand online education, which is one of Brown’s initiatives to serve more students at a lower cost.

Last month, CSU launched Cal State Online, online courses designed to offer more of the basic courses that are often the most crowded.

Brown said that if the public universities don’t make a radical change in how they provide education, students will have to pay more. “Business as usual will require tuition increases,” he said.

Brown predicted that the university’s requested $86 million for 3 percent salary raises will be hard to get approved by the Legislature. Other state workers have not received pay hikes and must contribute to their health insurance, unlike CSU employees, he said.

CSU Chancellor Timothy White said the board will consider a budget plan at its March meeting.

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

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  • richJanuary 23, 2013 - 1:36 pm

    The people of this confused befuddled state voted for higher taxes and higher spending. Most of those voting don't own homes or businesses and are either government employees or on public assistance. That said, your poor electoral choices are making things worse. Taxes increasing means less money will be coming into the treasury. You bought into the emotional appeal of ''were only taxing the rich'' and that is a lie---everybodies taxes went up. Taxation puts a damper on the activity you're taxing. The States accounting practices are deceitful and money is being hidden as was discovered with the State Parks. All you've done is emboldened these practices along with no limits spending. Nothing has been solved and the state's finances are still in disorder with the prospect of getting worse. You have chosen poorly.

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