Wednesday, April 1, 2015

More than money at stake in University of California budget negotiations - ALEXEI KOSEFF, Sacramento Bee

“The constitution says we can rein in the University of California when we’re concerned about the safety and security of our funds,” said Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-Baldwin Park, who introduced a bill capping compensation for any UC employee at $500,000. “We’re now exercising that power and that role.” The conflict sparked in November when the UC Board of Regents conditionally approved five years of tuition increases over Brown’s objections. More recently, UC President Janet Napolitano told lawmakers that, without more money, the system will be forced to cap enrollment of California residents next year but allow more high-paying out-of-staters in the door. Brown has subsequently dispatched budget teams to UC campuses to scrutinize their operations, and legislators have suggested “zero-based budgeting” for the university in future years and drafted a series of bills addressing spending and admissions.

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