Add your name – you have the power to keep California strong by supporting UC and its students.
California Governor Gavin Newsom just released his 2021-22 state budget, which proposes to restore $103.9 million of the $300 million in base budget cuts to UC from 2020, in addition to providing important new investments in programs like medical education training in underserved communities, student mental health services, and critical facilities infrastructure. The Governor’s budget is a positive first step to addressing cuts in last year’s budget, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us.
Will you pledge to advocate for a strong state budget for UC?
Research, health care, and education are more essential than ever, and the partnership between UC and the state of California is critical to our recovery from COVID-19. We need a state budget that supports the wellbeing and success of students and workers, expands health care services, and invests in the next generation of students, staff, faculty and researchers.
A strong state budget will:
- Restore funding cuts to UC that support UC’s core mission of education, research, and public service.
- Provide additional mental health, academic advising, and technology support services for students in need so they can succeed despite the impacts of the pandemic
- Support the well-being of UC workers by addressing small cost increases for health care plans and funding a modest pay increase for those in lower-paid positions.
- Expand medical education training to underserved and vulnerable California communities.
As the world’s largest public research university system, we are confronting many of the worst impacts of the virus all at once. We are a health care system saving lives and distributing vaccines; a research enterprise racing to solve California’s greatest challenges; and an education system serving nearly 300,000 students. And as the state’s third largest employer, we are working hard to protect our workforce during the economic downturn.
Your voice is powerful, and we’re going to need your help contacting state lawmakers via email, petitions, social media, and phone calls over the next few months to ensure that higher education remains a state budget priority.
Thank you for standing up for UC, and for working with us to help California recover.