California Budget Farce: We Report, You Decide

ITEM #1

Calif. tax refunds to be delayed starting Feb. 1
refunds, student aid, social services and mental health programs. A severe drop in revenue has left the state’s main bank account depleted. The state had been relying on borrowing from special funds and Wall Street investors; those options are no longer available.l

ITEM #2

The University of California regents voted Wednesday to cut freshman enrollment by 6 percent, slashing 2,300 spots as the UC system grapples with expected cuts in state funding.

[snip}

Regents in favor said the cuts were necessary to maintain quality.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget proposal calls for cutting $131 million from the UC system by June 2010 and eliminating a planned budget increase of $210 million for 2009-10

UCLA and UC Berkeley will not be affected by Wednesday’s decision and enrollment at UC Merced will continue to grow. Enrollment at the university system’s other six campuses will be reduced.

ITEM #3

Subject: January 20th Inauguration event
From: “Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor” <CALmessages@berkeley.edu>
Date: Mon, January 12, 2009 6:15 pm
To: “Academic Senate Faculty, Staff, All Academic Titles, Other Members of the Campus Community, Students,” <CALmessages@berkeley.edu>
Priority: Normal

TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE BERKELEY CAMPUS COMMUNITY:

I invite you to join UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff and members of our
local community at a public viewing of the inauguration of President Barack H. Obama
on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, in Sproul Plaza.  A large screen will be installed at
the main entrance to Sproul Hall, and proceedings from Washington, D.C. will be
broadcast beginning at 7:30 am.  The Presidential Oath of Office will be
administered by 9:00 am (noon EST), with the inaugural address following.  Note that
the proceedings are outdoors and will be held rain or shine.  The University's
formal program will begin at 8:15 a.m.

[snip]

Spring instruction begins on January 20th and we will not be cancelling morning
classes; however, some instructors, for academic reasons, may opt to bring their
class to this event. Campus supervisors have discretion to grant two hours of
administrative leave to staff to attend this event, as work demands permit.  Please
print out this message for those members of your staff who do not use computers.

I look forward to joining you all at this historic event.

Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau

The State of California is out of money. The State of California will be paying its bills with IOUs. The State of California will be reducing the University of California’s budget and cutting enrollment.

But, UC Berkeley will be paying its staff to sit on their arses for several non-productive hours to watch the inauguration of The One, The Messiah, Lord Barack Obama.

This is both an opportunity for our campus community to share in a momentous historic occasion for our country and a time to rededicate ourselves to public service – a primary mission of our university.

Now that’s real Public Service for you… a bloated bureaucracy wasting tax payer money on political pomp and circumstance.

EXTRA READING:
California goes bust: Tax refunds to be delayed, HotAir.com
California’s Budget Crisis Solved, RedCounty.com
What if California Could File Bankruptcy?, Fox & Hounds Daily.com

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1 Comment

Filed under Barack Obama, Bureaucracy, California, Government Waste, UC Berkeley

One response to “California Budget Farce: We Report, You Decide

  1. Great! Thank you very much!
    I always wanted to write in my blog something like that. Can I take part of your post to my blog?
    Of course, I will add backlink?

    Sincerely, Timur I. Alhimenkov

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