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Last Updated: 1/26/2010
Budget Issue: The Governor proposes a constitutional amendment to (1) require at least 10 percent of annual state General Fund appropriations to be spent on the public universities and (2) limit state spending on corrections to no more than 7 percent of General Fund appropriations. (Note: Subsequent to our publication, the Governor modified his proposal to include Cal Grants in the higher ed funding subject to the 7 percent floor.)
Program: University of California and California State University
Finding or Recommendation: We urge the Legislature to reject this proposal because it (1) would unwisely constrain the state's ability to allocate funding where it is most needed each year; and (2) is unnecessary, as the state already has the ability to shift funding among programs without this constitutional amendment.
Further Detail

Please see 4-page policy brief.