Annual Budget for Academic Year 2014-2015

In his January 10, 2014 budget message, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. stated that "With a decade of intractable deficits behind us, California is poised to take advantage of the recovering economy" by reinvesting in education and health and human services. At the same time, he cautioned legislators that despite "recent improvements in our budget situation, there remain a number of major risks that threaten the state's new-found fiscal stability, including the remaining budgetary debt and hundreds of billions of dollars in long term liabilities."

The Administration continues to support the four-year investment plan started in 2013-14. The Governor's plan calls for growing General Fund support for UC and CSU by 5 percent in 2014-15 and by 4 percent in each of the subsequent two years. The continuation of the multi-year plan is predicated on the UC Regents and the CSU Board of Trustees adopting three-year sustainability plans that set targets for key measures, within resource assumptions provided by the Department of Finance. The Governor expects this requirement will foster greater transparency in the budget decisions facing the systems, as well as responsible planning within sustainable state funding. Institutions will be expected to implement reforms to improve student success and to realize institutional efficiencies. The Governor further noted that to meet future demands for higher education within the reality of the state budget, the state's public higher education segments are expected to create innovative cost-effective approaches to delivering quality higher education for more students.

For 2014-2015, the on-going increase is $142.2 million with the provision: "This funding should obviate the need for CSU to increase student tuition and fees and can be used by the University to meet its most pressing needs."

Chancellor Timothy P. White responded on behalf of the California State University: "We applaud the Governor for sustaining his commitment to the multi-year funding plan for the California State University (CSU). This investment enables us to serve California's future economic growth, and social mobility for our populace, through affordable access to high quality education and degrees. The good news for the CSU and its students is that the proposed budget will enable the University to improve existing programs and services, and maintain tuition at the current rate for the fourth consecutive year," explained Chancellor.

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