|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 15, 2000
Brad Hayward (510) 987-9195
Gov. Gray Davis today (May 15) issued the "May Revision"
to his 2000-01 state budget proposal. Major items affecting the University of California
include the following:
- $600 million in funding from proposed lease-revenue bonds for
earthquake-safety renovations at UCs five teaching hospitals. The hospitals would
help repay the debt to the extent their financial circumstances allow. Also, $50 million
in General Fund money is provided for non-seismic infrastructure needs at the teaching
- $12 million for staff compensation increases, primarily to help UC
address market-based salary lags.
- $50 million to expand access to Internet2. Of this amount, $18
million is provided to expand Internet2 access at UC campuses, and $32 million is provided
to expand access at K-12 schools in California by utilizing regional hubs located at
county offices of education.
- $44 million, provided to the Wildlife Conservation Board and the
Department of Fish and Game, to foster the development of UC Merced in environmentally
sensitive ways. This allocation will fund the development and implementation of various
natural resources conservation plans, along with acquisition of acreage in eastern Merced
County to help ensure protection of wetlands and wildlife. An additional $5 million is
provided to UC to accelerate working drawings for the first two buildings at UC Merced.
- $35 million to fund exceptional needs in deferred maintenance and
- $18.8 million to increase the duration of the UC-led Professional
Development Institutes for teachers of mathematics and English-language learners in
Californias public schools.
- $1.1 million to provide scholarships for the Governors Teacher
Scholars Program, which provides a teaching credential and masters degree to
candidates who agree to teach in urban or hard-to-staff schools for four years upon
completion of the program.
- $1 million to expand high schools access to UCs online
Advanced Placement courses.
"The governor has focused on some areas of high priority to the
university and the state," said Larry Hershman, UC vice president for budget.
"These augmentations will help UC expand its work with the public schools, improve
compensation for staff employees and address critical facilities needs, particularly in
the universitys health-care facilities."
UC officials will provide a full report on the May Revision to the
Board of Regents on Thursday.
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