Governor vetoes Democratic budget plan

Less than a day after state Democratic legislators passed a budget that included an additional $150 million in cuts to the University of California, Gov. Jerry Brown issued the first veto of a state budget in California’s history. Brown announced in a statement Thursday morning that the plan passed by
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State Democrats pass budget bills, higher education cuts

Budget bills approved by state Democrats Wednesday to close the state’s remaining $9.6 billion deficit include a combination of tax and fee increases, spending cuts and revenue assumptions, as well as an additional $300 million in cuts to California’s higher education institutions. Among the cuts in the Democrats’ plan is
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County leaders met to discuss a plan to shift responsibility for funding some services to local governments.

Forum covers proposed shift of state services to local control

Several Alameda County officials met and hosted a forum at The Way Christian Center in Berkeley on Friday to discuss Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to shift responsibility for certain state services to local governments. Programs including mental health services, child and foster care and criminal justice have been proposed to
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State Senate passes higher education transparency bill

The California State Senate approved a piece of legislation Thursday that would bring greater transparency and accountability to the state’s public higher education institutions — the University of California, California State University and the California Community Colleges. Senate Bill 8 — dubbed the Transparency Act by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San
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Study: deregulating education funding leads to program cuts

State deregulation of about $4.5 billion in funds for K-12 education has resulted in deep cuts to popular programs, as school districts have attempted to use the now-flexible money to balance their budgets, according to a study released last Thursday. Authored by researchers from the RAND Corporation and Policy Analysis
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Fiscal policy report calls for options to close deficit

A report released Thursday from the state’s nonpartisan fiscal policy advisor praised certain aspects of Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget plan but also criticized the level of uncertainty voter approval of the tax extensions has created and proposed that there be additional options available to close the state’s $9.6 billion
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The Board of Regents discussed several possible solutions to its budget woes at its Wednesday meeting.

UC Board of Regents wary of unreliable state funds

SAN FRANCISCO — Following the release of Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget on Monday and with the threat of a possible $1 billion cut to the UC looming overhead, the UC Board of Regents’ meeting Wednesday was focused on long-term solutions to create stability to counter the state’s unreliable and
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UC spared additional cuts in budget revision

While the University of California escaped further funding reductions Monday morning in Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised state budget, should spending cuts and tax extensions the new proposal relies upon fail to be carried out, additional cuts to the UC and CSU are likely, doubling a $500 million dollar cut to
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State bill aims for increased transparency

The state Senate Education Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would increase transparency and accountability in California’s public higher education institutions. Senate Bill 8 — authored by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco — passed by a 7-1 vote and would require auxiliary organizations within the University of California, California State University
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Yudof disapproves of all-cuts budget

UC President Mark Yudof had a simple message to deliver Friday morning when he testified before the state senate’s budget committee: If the legislature opts for an all-cuts budget to fill its remaining $15.4 billion deficit, “all bets are off” at the University of California. If the $500 million cut
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