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The Governor and Legislature have reached an agreement on the 2020 state budget.

The revised plan decreases the University’s budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 by $300.8 million (8.1%). A provision allows those cuts to be restored and UC’s budget to increase by up to 5 percent, but only if the federal government provides sufficient assistance to states in another COVID-19 emergency spending bill.

Although 8.1% is a significant cut, it is less than the 10 percent proposed in the May revision of the budget. We’re pleased that the budget deal includes a ‘trigger’ mechanism that would restore cuts to UC programs, depending on how much, if any, federal aid materializes. We are also grateful that the budget fully funds the UC Riverside School of Medicine and the UCSF Fresno branch campus, helping provide more equitable access to health care for Californians.

We appreciate the Governor and the Legislature's efforts to support UC, especially given the challenging economic circumstances. We’re also proud of the role that you and other UCAN members have made in pressing for strong state funding for UC. Lawmakers heard from UC supporters 5,000 times in just under three weeks – and this budget deal reflects those efforts.