Jerry Brown releases revisions to proposed budget; “all cuts” plan remains a possibility

So today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: J-Breezy released the revisions to his proposed budget.  Here’s Chris Newfield’s initial reaction:

I only have a few minutes today to look at the Governor’s May budget revision, and here’s what I see. Current-year revenues are up $2.8 billion over forecasts, and $6.6 billion over two years. Governor Brown, true to his turnscrew austerity vision of aHooverite unstimulus for all Californians, increases allocations to no one except K-12 and the community colleges “pursuant to Proposition 98,” and, unbelievably, prisons, with a drop for mental health (page 4).

The Regents’ strategy of saying that state funding is never coming back has paid off big-time: UC and CSU get exactly zero – not even a $10 million or $50 million booby prize for not fighting the $500 million cuts. The crappy squeezing of health services is intact (page 3), as is the closing of 70 state parks to save a whopping $11 million this year. There is no wavering of Gov Brown’s vision in which the government’s one and only priority is reducing the deficit.

If I have misread something here, or you can explain why it’s a lot better for health and education and public infrastructure to have Jerry Brown rather than Arnold Schwarzenegger in the governor’s mansion, please write.

This of course only holds if Brown gets the tax extensions he’s been advocating, though it seems more likely that the Republicans will do anything they can to impede their passage.  If the block succeeds, a so-called “all cuts” budget is all but guaranteed.  According to the San Jose Mercury News:

Monday’s revised budget warned of brutal cuts if the taxes are not approved and an “all cuts” budget is needed.

Among those: Cutting four weeks from the school year to save $5 billion, since education makes up 40 percent of the state general fund; cutting $500 million each from the UC and CSU systems, which already have been cut by $500 million each this year; closing more than the 70 state parks already marked for closure; dropping state supervision of non-violent parolees; deeper cuts in health services, like prescription drug programs for low-income residents.

Splendid.  For more, check out our comrades over at Reclaim UC.


3 responses to “Jerry Brown releases revisions to proposed budget; “all cuts” plan remains a possibility

  1. Milan Moravec

    (The author who has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at UC Berkeley (Cal.) where he was able to observe the culture & the way senior management work)

    University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau gross over spending, inept decisions: recruits (using California tax $) out of state $50,000 tuition students that displace qualified Californians from public university education; spends $7,000,000 for consultants to do his & many vice chancellors jobs (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same at 0 cost); pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010; tuition to Return on Investment (ROI) drops below top10; NCAA places basketball program on probation: absence institutional control.

    Californians, UC Board of Regents Chairman Gould, Calif. State Legislature should take note of chancellors, like Birgeneau, who ignore California’s deficit and replace them with those who understand the basic concept of public service to Californians.

  2. damn that picture is spectacular.

  3. Milan Moravec

    Californians pay toward University of California (UC) costs: the UC system is not untouchable. As many Californians face foreclosure, unemployment & depressed wages it’s about time that the timid UC Board of Regents & President curb costs, particularly wages & benefits.
    As a Californian, I don’t care what others earn at private & public universities. If the wages are better elsewhere, UCOP, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured & non tenured faculty should apply for the positions. If wages keep UC paid employees committed to UC, leave for the better paying job. Talented, ambitious employees will be promoted to the vacancies. The sky will not fall at UC.
    California suffers from the worst deficit in modern times. UC wages & benefits must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid.
    UCOP, campus chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured & non-tenured faculty are replaceable by like or more talented individuals.
    What we should do:
    18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50 million cut.
    18 percent prune of campus chancellors’, vice chancellors’ salaries.
    15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load
    10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research, teaching load
    100% elimination of all Academic Senate costs, wages.

    A rose bush blooms after pruning.

    The UC Board of Regents can show leadership by bridging the trust gap with the public by offering reassurances that UC salaries reflect the depressed wages of California. Everyone is replaceable at the UC system. The sky has not, & will not fall.
    Californians are reasonable people. Levy no new taxes until an approved balanced budget: let the Governor & Legislature make the tough-minded (not cold hearted) decisions of elected leadership. Then come to the public for specified, continuing or new taxes.
    Thanking you in advance for your partnership & for standing up for all Californians & University of California system.

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