CSU system has $250 million funding gap

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown, far left, attends the California State University Board of Trustees meeting to push for the 2013-14 proposed budget, online education and cuts in administrative expenses, and its potential effects at the CSU chancellor's office in Long Beach, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. From left: Gov. Brown, Timothy White, chancellor of the University of California, A. Robert Linscheid, chair, and Roberta Achtenberg, appointed member. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LONG BEACH — California State University officials said Tuesday they will need nearly $250 million more in state funding for the next academic year than is currently proposed, an amount that Gov. Jerry Brown called "a dream more than reality."

Brown warned the board of trustees at its Tuesday meeting that any request for funding more than the currently slated $125 million for 2013-14 will be hard to push through the Legislature.

"Look, it's a tight ship and it's going to get tighter," he said. "We're going to have to do some, how shall I say it — very creative, very thoughtful, very caring adjustments."

The university and the governor are also far apart on capital spending. Brown has allotted $3.6 million for four capital projects, while the university says it needs $519.6 million for 38 projects that include seismic, utility and infrastructure upgrades at various campuses.

Brown, who is a member of the board by virtue of his office, attended the trustees' meeting for the second time in a row, a sign that he is paying close attention to public higher education spending and policies. Last week, he also attended the University of California board of regents meeting for the second time.

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