More bad budget news for California: Tax revenues are more than a billion dollars short of expectations so far this fiscal year. And unless something changes in the next few weeks, additional state budget cuts are looking more likely. Higher education is one of the areas that could take another big hit.
The Cal State University system is dealing with some tough math equations — like subtraction numbers nine digits long.
“We’re expecting it will be an additional hundred-million dollar cut this year," says James Henderson, dean of Cal State L.A.'s College of Natural and Social Sciences. Henderson is bracing for new cuts on campus right in the middle of the school year.
“So we will be halfway through the year having made commitments for classes for operating budgets and we’ll have to look at how we’ll implement those cuts," Henderson says. "And those are some tough decisions to be made for this academic year.”
Henderson says Cal State L.A. already cut part-time faculty by 25 percent.
State Controller John Chiang reports cash in the general fund this fiscal year is about $1.5 billion short of expectations. And if that continues, it will trigger the automatic cuts built into this year’s budget.