Idea Floated for Budget Cut Upsets University Officials

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, July 19, 2007

CSU Faculty Association officials and the system’s Chancellor are against the proposed cut that would include public universities.  CSU Chancellor Charles B-Reed says the Cal State University budget is already tight—because of recently approved pay raises. 

 “So we would have to step back and see where we could take a 28-million dollar reduction…”

Republicans want to shrink an ongoing deficit.  Senate GOP leader Dick Ackerman proposed the idea of an across-the-board, one-percent cut. 

“Everybody wants to protect their programs and our programs so this just gives the administration which is in control of all the programs a little more flexibility to decide where they want to do it.”

A spokesman for the Assembly Speaker says Democrats oppose trimming public universities’  budgets.