Sunday, April 27, 2014

Rainy Day Meets Oil Tax Initiative - For Billions?

is this the 'big plan' for if/when the Prop 30 cushion is gone...
see: California oil tax survives first Senate committee vote

Committee member Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) said the education panel, with its narrow purpose, had to approve SB 1017: “There can be no question that higher education needs additional funding,” Block said.
The measure was backed in testimony by dozens of students from systems that would benefit: University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges. Money would also go to the State Department of Parks and Recreation and the California Health and Human Services Agency.
The measure was opposed by the Western States Petroleum Assn. and some local elected officials, including from Kern County, a major oil-producing area.
and Daily Cal covered it too

You can watch the CA Senate Ed committee meeting video here at the 16:30 mark. Billions in revenue discussed

and then see Sac Bee from late March:

Brown appeared resistant to a gas tax proposed last month by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, in what Steinberg called a more stable alternative to gas price increases likely to result from a requirement that oil companies buy carbon credits for fuel they sell starting next year.

Brown told reporters he has not seen the proposal, which many environmentalists oppose. However, Brown said, "I don't think there are going to be any new taxes this year."

Napolitano did some central valley visits earlier in the month on the drought and potential ways UC can help.
no more food insecurity for NCAA sponsored students while they are on campus
and there's this here in case you missed it:
You will see that in October 2013 there were more SMG/MSP in system (9859.05 FTE) than there were in say 2008 (8230.18) whereas there are less full-time faculty (8673.45 FTE) than there were in 2008 (8799.47 FTE). In fact I think that October 2011 was the first time that they listed there being more FTE in the SMG/MSP group than in the full-time faculty group. In addition there has been a shift towards a greater use of lecturers again in FTE 1887.28 to 2049.21. And FTE doesn't really get at the question of full-time vs. part-time which is so important with lecturers. There are also the "other faculty" category which while i suspect you are right is mostly about the medical centers is not entirely about the medical centers.

I also think that we need to differentiate between different types of administrative things that faculty are doing and different types of staff cuts. My sense is that it is mostly departmental or other front line staff that has taken the biggest hits. But again the point in my piece was that we need to have a lot more transparency about these issues so that we can have a serious discussion of the best way to organize the university.

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