Tradition!

The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) has issued a report on UC and CSU funding.  LAO is usually viewed as a neutral agency.  But it is a component of the legislature.  So it tends to favor approaches that add to legislative control as opposed to, say, gubernatorial control.  This report is no exception.LAO seems to want … Continue reading Tradition!

Issue Heating Up

We noted in yesterday's posting (in the update portion) on the Regents public comment session that there were spokespeople complaining about anti-Israel activities on UC campuses including course credit on one campus, pushes for divestment, etc.  Earlier postings noted statements by the UC prez and several chancellors (including Block) opposing an academic boycott of Israel … Continue reading Issue Heating Up

Is there a Changing State Attitude Regarding the UC Pension? Reading Between the Lines

As blog readers will know, UC has had difficulties in getting the state to recognize that its pension liabilities were ultimately those of the state, just as CalPERS and CalSTRS liabilities are liabilities of the state.  Thanks to the two-decade hiatus of contributions, the state seemed to forget about UC's pension.  However, there is beginning … Continue reading Is there a Changing State Attitude Regarding the UC Pension? Reading Between the Lines

Budget Leaks Turn into a Flood of Biblical Proportions

We noted in prior posts that there were some leaks of the governor’s proposed budget for 2014-15, which was supposed to be unveiled on Friday.  The leaks turned into a flood of Biblical proportions when first the Sacramento Bee published some summary information about the budget yesterday, said to come from the actual budget that … Continue reading Budget Leaks Turn into a Flood of Biblical Proportions

Wait and See

We posted earlier about general plans for the state budget by the legislative Democrats which promise "more" for higher ed and UC than the Legislative Analyst's projections seemed to imply.  It is unclear if there is more than what the governor will propose in early January.Below are two slides from a presentation by the legislative … Continue reading Wait and See

We Got a Mention

Maybe not so fastAn earlier post on this blog described the recent Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) report that projected that, with a combination of continued economic growth and Prop 30 revenues while they are in effect, California's "structural" deficit had ended.  We also noted that included in the LAO projections was what me termed an … Continue reading We Got a Mention

LAO Puts Higher Ed in the Freezer

The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) released its budget outlook for the coming year and the next few years.  Good cheer generally, except for higher ed.  Revenue is up more than projected.  (Recall the governor insisted on "conservative" forecasts last June.)  Spending is up, too, but the net points to a rising state reserve.  Indeed, the … Continue reading LAO Puts Higher Ed in the Freezer

The Leg Analyst Summarizes the Higher Ed Budget

At around this time of year, the Legislative Analyst's Office releases a summary about the budget in preparation for next year's budget proposal that will come from the governor in early January.  Below is an excerpt just for higher ed.  A link to the full document follows the excerpt.================== UC, CSU, and HastingsProvides $2.8 Billion … Continue reading The Leg Analyst Summarizes the Higher Ed Budget

And still more on the pension cabalistas…

From Salon.com:  [excerpt]  10-23-13Less than a year ago, the Wall Street Journal alerted its national readership to what was happening in the tiny state of Rhode Island. In a story headlined “Small State Gets Big Pension Push,” the paper noted that the state’s “rollback of public-employee retirement benefits has turned (it) into a national battleground … Continue reading And still more on the pension cabalistas…