California State University: No fat left to trim as budget cuts loom

LONG BEACH — The head of the California State University system warned Tuesday that big tuition hikes may be unavoidable if the state doesn't extend temporary tax increases as proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Officials at a meeting of the CSU finance committee in Long Beach said failing to extend the tax increases would result in another $500 million in cuts on top of the $500 million already proposed.

Covering the possible $1 billion in cuts may force the university to raise tuition by up to 32 percent, Chancellor Charles Reed told the committee.

"It's going to be radical. It's going to generate a lot of pain," Reed said. The chancellor said he would make formal recommendations in July on how to address the cuts, which he said would give the legislative process time to play out.

The tax increases are set to expire by July 1. Brown is expected to unveil a revised budget proposal later this month. The governor wants a special election so voters can decide whether to extend increases to personal income, sales and vehicle taxes for five years.

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