Friday, April 8, 2011

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State Senate hearing on all-cuts budget solution

Wyatt Buchanan, San Francisco Chronicle, April 8, 2011

Democrats in the state Senate raised the prospect of closing some University of California campuses, shortening the school year and reducing the number of law enforcement officers as they began considering what California would look like if the Legislature took an all-cuts approach to solving the budget deficit…

Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, said she has spoken with distinguished faculty members at UC Berkeley who have told her they would leave the school because of cuts. Hancock raised the prospect of closing some UC campuses to focus on the flagship schools under an all-cuts approach. "We will be looking at restructuring. It really isn't just cutting anymore," Hancock said.

Mac Taylor, the legislative analyst, told the panel that they might also consider transforming some UC campuses into liberal arts schools while concentrating research efforts at other locations.

(Gov.) Brown has said that an all-cuts approach also could lead to a more than doubling of UC tuition, to as much as $25,000 per year…

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