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March 24, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown signed bills today (March 24) that cut billions from California’s budget but still needs $12.6 billion to close the state’s budget gap. That’s $12.6 billion more in revenue or additional cuts to state-supported services. His plan to put tax extensions on the ballot remains unresolved. Brown told reporters today that an all-cuts budget would be “very bad for universities, very bad for schools.” Watch the governor’s press conference.
March 23, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown is saying he may pursue a ballot initiative in November to let voters decide whether to support tax extensions to avoid steeper cuts to state-supported services. That means collecting signatures from the people rather than getting legislators to put a measure on the ballot. Meanwhile, Brown is still negotiating with GOP legislators to put tax extensions on a June ballot. Without the money that would be generated from an extension of existing income and sales taxes and vehicle registration fees, the cuts to higher education could double. That would leave UC with a $1 billion state funding cut next year. Read more about Brown’s Plan B.
March 18, 2011
Both the California Assembly and Senate have approved the main 2011-12 budget bill, without deciding whether to place a tax extension on the ballot or eliminate redevelopment agencies. Without those two actions, the cuts to state programs will go even deeper than the current budget proposal. Meanwhile, a Field Poll released March 16 shows Californians favor a special election on extending taxes: 61 percent of the registered voters polled said they support putting the issue on the ballot. And 58 percent said they endorsed extending the temporary income, sales and vehicle taxes.
March 2, 2011
The UC Davis Aggie marching band kicked off UC Day 2011 in Sacramento on March 1. More than 200 alumni and friends of UC turned out to advocate for a long-term state funding solution for the University of California. UC faces a proposed $500 million cut in 2011-12 state funding, which would return the university to 1998-99 funding levels when it had 73,000 fewer students. Advocates met with 90 legislators and staff members to make a case for UC funding and to ask that UC be given flexibility in deciding how to absorb the state cuts. Read more about UC Day.