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Cal State trustees OK new budget, seek millions more from state

November 14, 2012 |  1:20 pm

California Governor Jerry Brown talks with other members of the board including Roberta Achtenberg, Debra S. Farar, and A. Robert Linscheid, Tuesday at the first meeting of the Cal State Board of Trustees since the passage of Prop 30. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times

The governing board of the California State University system Wednesday approved a 2013-14 support budget that includes a request for $372 million in additional state funds to increase student enrollment and repair crumbling facilities, among other needs.

The budget plan was a far more optimistic document then it could have been had voters not approved Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's tax measure that will raise about $6 billion for public education and other services.

Cal State will receive $125 million.  But that money replaces lost revenue and doesn't help the university serve more students, officials said.

The system's 23 campuses have been forced to reduce services and annually turn away about 20,000 eligible students.

Officials are urging the governor and Legislature to begin reinvesting in  enrollment growth and programs.

The budget includes $156 million to increase enrollment about 5%, or about 20,000 more students next fall; $86 million for compensation for faculty and staff who have gone for years without a salary increase; $50 million for urgent maintenance  needs; and $58 million for an initiative to help students graduate.

The expenditure plan would bring annual spending to about $4.5 billion, including student fee revenues.

Trustees also approved a compensation package for incoming chancellor Timothy P. White that includes an annual salary of $380,000, an annual salary supplement of $30,000 from the university foundation, and a $1,000-per-month vehicle allowance.

White will occupy the university-supplied chancellor's residence in Long Beach.

The salary reflects a reduction from the compensation that outgoing Chancellor Charles Reed receives. The board had recommended the same salary for White, but he requested a 10% cut in the state-funded portion of the compensation package.

[For the Record, 3:15 p.m. Nov. 14: An earlier version of this post said current CSU Chancellor Charles Reed had recommended the salary for new Chancellor Timothy P. White. Actually, the board recommended that salary; White then requested a reduction in compensation.]

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Photo: California Gov. Jerry Brown talks with other Cal State trustees -- from left, A. Robert Linscheid, Debra S. Farar and Roberta Achtenberg -- on Tuesday. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times