Gov. Brown meets with Cal State U. trustees in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif.

In its preliminary budget, the Cal State trustees are asking the governor for a $250-million increase for its 2014-2015 academic year. Governor Brown's preliminary budget gives CSU $2.471 billion, an increase of $142 million.

The trustees want the extra money to be able to add 1,000 classes and 20,000 students to the 23-campus system.

"We weren't able to fund as much enrollment in this last budget as we needed to, and as a 0result we're turning away over 20,000 CSU-eligible applicants a year," said Robert Turnage, CSU assistant vice chancellor for budget.

The governor told the trustees that if they want more money than the $142-million increase he's proposing, they'll have to lobby hard in Sacramento for it.

"They can ask, but the state has all these other demands," said Brown. "Prisons, health care, environment, K through 12."

Whatever the budget increase the trustees and governor finally agree on, tuition will not go up.

The CSU trustees are expected to have a final budget proposal to approve at their next meeting in November. That budget will be submitted to the governor for his approval.

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