Revenue shortfall triggers more cuts in California

(AP)

(KTSF by Sean Au)

Higher education will bear the brunt of funding cuts in an effort to balance the state’s budget. Governor Jerry Brown today announced that the state falls short of collecting $4 billion in anticipated revenue, and must further cut spending.

Under Brown’s proposal, both UC and CSU systems will each bear  a $100 million cut in funding. Services for the developmentally disabled will get $100 million less. Grants of $16 million to local libraries will end. Public schools will see cuts of $79 million and transportation funding for public school kids will be reduced by $248 million.

The governor also proposes a ballot  measure for next year in which voters would decide if they want to raise taxes of those earning $250,000 as well as hike the state sales tax by 0.5% for six years. These measures aim to raise $7 billion for education funding.

Brown apparently has support from voters for the tax hike measures. According to a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, 60% of likely voters support the governor’s plan while 36% oppose.

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