Annual Budget for Academic Year 2012-2013

In the unveiling of his proposed 2012-2013 state budget, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. notes that: “The stark truth is that without some new taxes, damaging cuts to schools, universities, public safety and our courts will only increase.  That is why I will ask the voters to approve a temporary tax increase on the wealthy, a modest and temporary increase in the sales tax and to guarantee that the new revenue be spent only on education.”  (January 5, 2012)

The Governor’s budget proposal calls for no change from the 2011-2012 level of state support of the California State University.  (It does stipulate an enrollment target of 361,874—an increase of 8,300 FTES).  The proposed budget relies, however, on the passage of the Governor’s tax measure in November 2012.  If the measure is not approved by the voters, the Governor’s budget includes a series of trigger cuts that would go into effect, including an additional $200 million cut to the CSU, which represents almost 27,000 enrolled students. 

In his message to the CSU campuses, Chancellor Reed notes:  “… if the state does not begin to reinvest in the CSU, we will need to take more drastic measures including cutting enrollment and programs, raising tuition and reducing personnel.”  (January 5, 2012)

President Zingg similarly lamented: “While the university will continue to work with the Administration and the legislature to avoid further cuts, if the triggers are pulled the university will struggle to continue offering the same number of courses to the same number of students while maintaining quality." (January 6, 2012)

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