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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Online Ed Earmarked Money Line-Item Vetoed

Michael Meranze, in commenting on the previous post, noted that among the items vetoed by the governor was language that earmarked $10 million at UC for online ed courses.  As readers will know, that earmark was in the budget bill at the request of the governor.  Other quasi-earmarks were also vetoed.  The actual language doesn't delete dollars from the UC budget - which is why I missed it in the prior post.  It just deletes specifications for how dollars are to be used.  The veto language reads:

Item 6440-001-0001
For support of University of California. I revise this item by deleting Provisions 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16. I am deleting Provisions 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 because the requirements included in these provisions that the University of California expend funds for various purposes create cost pressures and unnecessary restrictions. Eliminating these earmarks will give the University greater flexibility to manage its resources to meet its obligations, operate its instructional programs more effectively, and avoid tuition and fee increases.
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UPDATE: The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog has the story at:
http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/06/jerry-brown-vetoes-own-budget-proposal-on-online-education.html

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As it turns out, the governor conferred with UC president Yudof about his (the governor's) mercurial behavior concerning online ed.  We have obtained a kind of transcript of the gubernatorial explanation:
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