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California's Universities Could Get $100 Million Budget Boost

California's Universities Could Get $100 Million Budget Boost
Posted August 5th, 2014 @ 1:07pm by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

California's universities could see a budget boost to the tune of an extra $100 million.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins wants to split that funding down the middle, $50 million for the UC system and $50 million for CSUs.

It's money that had been earmarked in the budget if property tax revenues hit projections.

"Property taxes didn't meet that certain peak, however, other taxes far exceeded what they were expected. That provides the same flexibility, we think," Will Shuck, a spokesman for Atkins said. 

Shuck says legislation that's already passed the Senate and that sits in the Assembly has been changed to include the money.

This falls into the controversial "gut and amend" process but the speaker's office says it's a budget bill anyway and a worthy use of the tactic.


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