CSU Trustees Could Face More Hard Choices
Reduced enrollment or a mid-year tuition increase. That’s the choice the California State University could face if voters reject Governor Jerry Brown’s November tax measure. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more on the discussion set for Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting.
BEN ADLER: You’ve heard of trigger cuts. Now, there’s a “trigger on a trigger” - a $150 per semester tuition increase to meet a potential $250 million cut. That’s one proposal CSU trustees are looking at. The other would reduce enrollment by 3%, or about 6,000 students.
Robert Turnage is with the CSU Chancellor’s office.
ROBERT TURNAGE: We have reached a point where it’s nothing but difficult tradeoffs involved in having to confront this very real possibility of the trigger cut.
ADLER: On the other hand, Turnage says this year’s tuition increase could be reversed if the tax measure passes. That would make the CSU eligible for some extra money under the newly-approved state budget.
Trustees likely won’t take any action until they meet again in September.
For KQED News, I’m Ben Adler in Sacramento.