California public colleges, universities to get massive funding boost with Newsom’s budget proposal

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Students walk near Sather Gate on the University of California at Berkeley campus Feb. 24, 2005, in Berkeley. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Students walk near Sather Gate on the University of California at Berkeley campus Feb. 24, 2005, in Berkeley. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California public colleges and universities will receive a massive funding boost to expand affordable student housing, repair aging facilities, better train students for state workforce needs and shift Humboldt State to a technology focus under the budget proposal unveiled Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The state’s unexpected $75-billion surplus allowed Newsom to restore steep cuts imposed last year as the COVID-19 pandemic battered the economy and to invest a record-setting $48.7 billion in the University of California, California State University, California Community Colleges and the California Student Aid Commission. That amounts to a 5% increase in base ongoing general funds for UC and Cal State, Newsom said.

This higher education funding comes on top of Newsom’s proposed $93.7 billion for the kindergarten-through-12th grade public education system. That historic investment includes funds to guarantee schooling for all 4-year-olds, a program to be phased in over three years beginning in fall 2022.

“This is just simply without precedent,” Newsom said at a news conference Friday.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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