The Contra Costa Times ran an interview with UC president Napolitano that was published yesterday.  But apparently the interview occurred in late 2013.  Here are the questions:Q: One of your first proposals was to make tuition rates more predictable. What might that look like?Q: At the last UC regents meeting, Gov. Jerry Brown said UC … Continue reading Q&A

Upcoming Events in January

Under the state constitution, Governor Brown will release his budget proposal for 2014-15 at the end of next week.  In the past, bits and pieces were often leaked to the news media ahead of the formal announcement.  So far, that hasn't happened - which might just mean that with the current budgetary calm, there is … Continue reading Upcoming Events in January

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

Cash News (Or Really Non-News)

The state controller has issued his cash statement for the first 5 months of the fiscal year (July-November).  Revenues for the general fund are about what was projected in the state budget passed last June.  Personal income tax receipts are running ahead of forecast (which probably means the rich are getting richer).  Sales tax receipts … Continue reading Cash News (Or Really Non-News)

New Normal for UC in the UCLA Anderson Forecast

Above are two charts from yesterday's UCLA Anderson Forecast. [Click on them to enlarge and get a clearer image.]  There is a much overused phrase nowadays: the "new normal."  But when you combine those two charts with the chart below (slightly modified) from the recent Legislative Analyst's report on the state budget outlook, the phrase … Continue reading New Normal for UC in the UCLA Anderson Forecast

Lessons from Berkeley’s White Elephant Stadium for UCLA, the Regents, and UC?

People keep noticing Berkeley's White Elephant money-draining stadium - one of the grand capital projects that the Regents routinely approve based on pretty slides and business plans offered by the campuses.  Peter Schrag in the San Francisco Chronicle today ties the low graduation rates of Berkeley athletes with the stadium:...Fueling the... issue is the chronic … Continue reading Lessons from Berkeley’s White Elephant Stadium for UCLA, the Regents, and UC?

Maybe the Regents Finally Got the Attention of the Governor on the UC Pension Issue

We noted in a post yesterday that the LAO was forecasting rosy budget times ahead for the state but nonetheless seemed to want a budget freeze for UC.  Today, the news media are full of statements by Gov. Brown warning the legislature not to party and to behave frugally. We also noted in prior posts on … Continue reading Maybe the Regents Finally Got the Attention of the Governor on the UC Pension Issue

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