UC pension costs could lead to program cuts, tuition hikes

LOS ANGELES

A new report shows the 10-campus system is dealing with mounting bills for retirees as it grapples with unprecedented cuts in state funding.

More than 2,100 of the 56,000 retirees are drawing pensions of more than $100,000. The UC Retirement Plan's huge deficit was created by investment losses during the global economic crisis - and the nearly two decades when campuses, employees and the state did not contribute any money toward pensions.

While UC seeks to pay its retirement bills, the system is wrestling with the loss of $750 million in state funding this past year. And it could lose another $250 million in the coming academic year if voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative in November. The cuts have already led to sharp tuition hikes, staff reductions and angry student protests.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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