Yes, you read that right. Not $2.8 million, but $2.8 billion. WTF?! We don’t even really have anything to say. At a loss for words right now. According to a Sacramento Bee blog, among the cuts that remain from the budget Brown recently vetoed are:
- $150 million cut each to University of California, California State University
- $2.8 billion in deferrals to K-12 schools and community colleges
Thankfully this budget rejects $540 million in deferrals to the UC system, but unless an extra $4 billion in revenues materialize next fiscal year, a series of so-called “trigger” cuts kick in. Again, from the Bee:
The “trigger” cuts are essentially in three tiers, based on how much of the extra $4 billion comes in. (We have assigned numbers to the tiers to better explain the system.)
Tier 0: If the state gets $3 billion to $4 billion of the money, the state will not impose additional cuts and roll over any balance of the problem into the 2012-13 budget.
Tier 1: If the state gets $2 billion to $3 billion of the money, the state will impose about $600 million of cuts and roll over the remainder into the 2012-13 budget. The $600 million in cuts include:
— $100 million cut to UC
— $100 million cut to CSU
— $100 million cut to In-Home Supportive Services hours
— $100 million cut to Department of Developmental Services
— $80 million cut to public safety programs
— $30 million cut to community colleges triggering a $10/unit fee hike
— $23 million across-the-board cut to childcare funding
— $20 million cut to Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
— $16 million cut to California State Library in library grants
— $15 million cut related to Medi-Cal Managed Care
— $15 million cut to California Emergency Management Agency
— $10 million cut to Department of Social Services in anti-fraud grants
Tier 2: If the state gets $0 to $2 billion of the money, the state will also impose as much as $1.9 billion in additional cuts, proportionate to revenues:
— $1.5 billion reduction to K-12 schools that allows districts to drop seven classroom days. That would lower the required total to 168 days, down from 180 days three years ago.
— $248 million cut that eliminates school bus transportation
— $72 million cut to community colleges
All cuts would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, except for the school year reduction, which districts could impose starting Feb. 1, 2012.