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The University of California appreciates the continuing support for higher education in Gov. Brown’s 2016-17 budget proposal released January 7.  His budget includes a continuing increase to the University’s base budget along with one-time funds to help UC address deferred maintenance and costs associated with the UC retirement system.  State support is crucial to allowing us to keep tuition for California students at its current level for the sixth consecutive year and to maintain access, affordability and quality for our students.  We now look forward to working with the Legislature and the Administration to address priorities that benefit California, such as sustaining expanded access, and initiatives related to energy, transportation, and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.” 

 The Governor’s 2016-17 budget proposes — and UC respectfully requests approval of — these items:

A 4% base budget adjustment ($125M)

One-time funds for deferred maintenance ($35M)

One-time funds for energy efficiency projects ($25M Cap and Trade)

One-time funds to assist UC with retirement costs ($171M Prop 2; contingent on adoption of a new pension tier)

UC would like to partner with the State to achieve additional UC budget priorities for 2016-17:

Enrollment growth for 600 graduate students to support new faculty and serve as teaching assistance as UC welcomes an influx of 5,000 new undergraduate students ($6M)

 Enhance the multi-campus Institute of Transportation Studies to advance research in five areas that the State has identified as critical, including climate change and infrastructure ($9M over three years)

 A second installment of one-time Cap and Trade funds that will be dedicated for “shovel-ready” projects that aggressively reduce greenhouse gases and help UC achieve carbon neutrality by 2025 ($69M)

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