The state of California is in serious fiscal trouble. Those troubles extend the state’s flagship university system.
“The scenario that assumes failure of the May 19 state ballot propositions would leave the UC system with a net budget reduction of $322 million, or 10 percent, in the 2009-10 year. Taken together with the state’s underfunding of student enrollments and inflationary cost increases, the scenario would leave the university with a total budget gap of $531 million in 2009-10. The university’s current state-funded budget is $3.2 billion.”