Brown and the Dems cut $150M each from UC and CSU, defer $2.8B from K-12 and community colleges

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.


One response to “Brown and the Dems cut $150M each from UC and CSU, defer $2.8B from K-12 and community colleges

  1. University of California faces massive budget shortfalls. It is dismaying Calif. Governor Brown. President Yudof and Board of Regents have, once again, been unable to agree on a package of wage, benefit concessions to close the deficit.
    Californians face foreclosure, unemployment, depressed wages, loss of retirement, medical, unemployment benefits, higher taxes: UC Board of Regents Regent Lansing, President Yudof need to demonstrated leadership by curbing wages, benefits. As a Californian, I don’t care what others earn at private, public universities. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP should apply for the positions. If wages commit employees to UC, leave for better paying position. The sky above UC will not fall.
    Californians suffer from greatest deficit of modern times. UC wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid. Campus chancellors, tenured & non-tenured faculty, UCOP are replaceable by more talented academics
    Wage concessions for UC President, Faculty, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, UCOP:
    No furloughs
    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, Academic Council costs, wages.

    (17,000 UC paid employees earn more than $100,000)

    Overly optimistic predictions of future revenues do not solve the deficit. However, rose bushes bloom after pruning.

    UC Board of Regents Sherry Lansing, President Yudof can bridge the public trust gap by offering reassurances that UC salaries reflect depressed wages in California. The sky will not fall on UC

    Californians are reasonable people. Levy no new taxes until an approved balanced budget: let the Governor/Legislature lead – make the tough-minded (not cold hearted) decisions of elected leadership. Afterwards come to public for continuing, specified taxes.

    Once again, we call upon UC President, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Faculty, UCOP to stand up for California and ‘pitch in’ for Californians with wage concessions.

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