Research, health care and education are more essential than ever, and the partnership between UC and the state of California is critical to our collective recovery from COVID-19.
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; a research enterprise racing to discover cures and a vaccine; 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.
Governor Newsom’s May 14 budget revision proposes a 10% cut to UC’s state support – funding that creates access to a UC education, supports faculty and their research, and ensures staff have the resources they need to keep campuses thriving. Californians are grappling with the tremendous impacts of the pandemic, and this $372 million cut to UC will have long-lasting effects on the people and communities we serve. UC is poised, perhaps better than any other entity, to assist the state in addressing the crisis and fostering an economic recovery that leads to a more just and equitable California.
Together, we have the power to keep California strong. Will you join us in telling state lawmakers that this budget plan is the wrong way to go?
In March and April alone, UC sustained more than $1.1 billion in new expenditures and lost revenues due to COVID-19. In addition to seeking state support, the University is aggressively pursuing federal funds to help alleviate some of those cost pressures and taking a variety of cost saving measures, including eliminating the annual merit program for non-represented staff and extending a hiring freeze, among others.
Your direct advocacy is vital to these efforts. Thank you for standing up for UC, and for working with us to help California recover.