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CSU Outlines Next Year’s Budget Request

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The CSU will request revenue increases for enrollment growth.

Despite the state’s fiscal condition, the CSU has legitimate funding needs critical to its mission and will seek an approximate 8.25 percent increase in its 2012-13 budget.

CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget Robert Turnage outlined next year’s preliminary budget request to the CSU’s Board of Trustees this week. The CSU has identified $315 million in needed revenue increases to cover a 5 percent growth in enrollment ($100 million); mandatory costs such as health/dental benefits for employees and energy among others ($50 million); 3 percent compensation increase ($95 million); graduation initiative and other student success programs ($40 million); urgent maintenance needs ($15 million); and an information technology infrastructure upgrade/renewal ($15 million).

The budget framework assumes that any additional “trigger cuts” in the current fiscal year will be one-time and not affect the ongoing base of state support the CSU receives. The CSU faces an additional mid-year cut of up to $100 million–on top of an already enacted cut of $650 million–if state revenue forecasts are not met. This would reduce the CSU’s state funding to $2 billion or a year-over-year reduction of 27 percent in state support. An updated and detailed budget recommendation will be presented to the board for action in November. More information.

For more on a decrease in student alcohol-related misconduct, students honored for perseverance and achievement, and the CSU’s 50th anniversary, view the California State University Employee Update for Sept. 22.