Gov. Brown’s budget shortchanges CSU

Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to increase CSU funding by 4 percent falls short of the investment needed to maintain and bolster the state’s largest university system.

The CSU is slated to get $3.2 billion from the state in the 2015/16 fiscal year, which includes a $120 million increase. About $100 million more is needed just to keep the system afloat.

Students are continually getting turned away, despite reports that a shortfall of one million degrees in the state by 2025 will place the economy in jeopardy.

“We are teachers who care about our students and the university system. The CSU Trustees, the Chancellor, the California Faculty Association, the CSU Academic Senate, student groups and the other CSU employee unions say that funding for the CSU needs to get back on track,” CFA President Lil Taiz said in a statement. “On this issue we all agree.”