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Higher education takes $1-billion hit in governor's budget

January 10, 2011 |  2:50 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposes additional deep cuts to California’s university systems and would also mean higher fees for those attending community college.

Brown proposed to reduce funding for the University of California and California State University systems by $500 million each, which he said was "a very difficult cut."

For Cal State the reduction represents an 18% cut in funding from the state general fund, according to CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, who predicted it will "have serious impacts on the state's economy, limit access for students seeking entrance into our universities, and restrict classes and services for our current students."

UC President Mark G. Yudof called it "a sad day for California" but said "the university will stand up and do all it can to help the state through what is a fiscal, structural and political crisis."

The proposed budget will also be painful for community college students, who would see their fees climb from $26 per credit unit to $36.

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Document: Complete text of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget

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-- Patrick McGreevy

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