Things to Come?

Events at this week’s CSU Trustees meeting suggest what may occur at next week’s Regents meeting, especially if the governor shows up, as he has been doing.

From the LA Times: (excerpt)

A committee of the Cal State Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $4.6-billion budget plan that includes money to hire faculty and increase student enrollment. The 2014-2015 proposal seeks an increase of $237.6 million in state funding. Included in that total is about $80 million to increase student enrollment by about 20,000; $13 million to hire more than 500 new, full-time faculty members; $15 million to finance critical maintenance repairs and upgrades and more than $91 million to increase faculty salaries…

The request is somewhat of a gamble, relying on an improving state economy and faith that, after years of cuts, lawmakers again are willing to invest in higher education. And it comes in the face of a consistent drumbeat from Gov. Jerry Brown that California’s public colleges and universities have to run leaner and acknowledge competing monetary demands on the state — such as funding healthcare, prisons and pensions. The governor reiterated those concerns Tuesday: “Each item has to fit with each other in terms of available money down the road,” Brown said.

He left the meeting before the budget vote…

Full story at www.latimes.com/local/la-me-calstate-trustees-20131106,0,6092566.story 

Will we see a repeat at the Regents?  Predicting the future is difficult, of course:

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