University of California budget still rocky after years of drastic cuts

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Monday, October 21, 2013

While University of California students have settled into this academic year following a budget deal that held tuition steady for 2013-14, Robert Birgeneau, the former UC Berkeley chancellor, warns that the system's financial troubles are far from over.

"The reality is that the current budget is not stable in the long run and so the challenges are not over," Birgeneau said.

The passage of Proposition 30 in the 2012 elections raised California's income and sales taxes, giving the Legislature money to disburse to public higher education. The subsequent deal between the Legislature and the UC and California State University systems kept their funding stable for the 2013-14 school year, so long as tuition isn't increased.

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