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UC and Cal State leaders voice fear about possible 'all cuts' budget

May 16, 2011 |  6:49 pm

The leaders of California’s two public university systems expressed fear Monday about what they said could be devastating cuts and sharply higher student tuition if the taxes that Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking are not approved. In that case, the 10-campus UC and 23-campus Cal State could see a doubling of the $500 million in state funding cuts each system already is facing for next year.   

UC President Mark G. Yudof said Monday that a possible $1-billion reduction for each university system if the tax measures fail “would be unconscionable.” Cal State Chancellor Charles B. Reed said such a cut “would inflict lasting damage to the university.”

UC already has an 8% tuition hike in the works for the coming school year, and Yudof has raised the possibility of a further 32% increase to cover the gap if Brown’s tax plan collapses. The UC regents are meeting in San Francisco this week and will discuss the budget situation but are not expected to take any action on tuition until the political situation in Sacramento is clarified. 

Last week, Reed told Cal State trustees that the university system could be forced to increase tuition for full-time undergraduates by 32% next year in addition to a 10% hike already approved for fall 2011. He also said that 20,000 qualified applicants could be turned away for the winter and spring terms. 

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