Governor Vetos Funding Measure to Boost CSU and UC Budgets

Sep 28, 2014 6:19 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have given the University of California and California State University systems a $100 million financial boost.

He says he decided to veto the bill partly because of added expenses the state incurred in fighting wildfires this year.

According to the Associated Press, Brown on Saturday rejected a line-item measure in AB1476 authored by Democratic Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner of Berkeley that could have provided an extra $50 million each to the UC and Cal State systems.

The budget Brown signed this summer included the $100 million- if the state received a certain level of revenue from property taxes. But Brown says those tax revenues didn't materialize.

The governor cited several other reasons, including the need to maintain California's aging infrastructure and pay down the state's debts, as well as the unanticipated costs of fighting wildfires during an historic statewide drought.


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