California Democrats are attempting to bypass the GOP and force through a plan that would close the state budget but leave the state’s public education system in ruins.
The Democrats’ proposal would further cut the University of California and California State University systems – after the $1 billion reduction approved in March – delay billions of dollars in payments to K-12 schools, and increase vehicle registration fees by $12 a year, along with other measures.
The plan would all but devastate the Cal State system:
Higher education officials also raised concerns. At CSU, a cut of $150 million on top of the $500 million cut announced in March could translate to a tuition increase of 10 to 15 percent next spring, said CSU spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp.
For the UC system, it would mean fee hikes next year are certain:
UC President Mark Yudof has said that the university could absorb the current $500 million cut it faces without raising tuition but that any additional cuts would likely mean fee hikes throughout the system.
According to the Chronicle, the Democrats’ plan would impact public education as follows:
- K-12 schools and community colleges would lose $3 billion in owed money from the state, payments that would be delayed until the 2012-13 fiscal year. Schools also would have to wait for an additional $500 million payment that the governor proposed making as part of his May budget plan.
- The UC and CSU systems would face a cut of $150 million each in addition to $500 million cuts to each system approved by the Legislature earlier this year. The state also could delay for two months a $245 million payment to UC.
Yet another reason to leave strategies involving petitioning Sacramento in the dustbin…