University of California Budget Walkout
September 24, 2009 4:16 PM Subscribe
Thousands of students, faculty, and staff
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have walked out today in protest of the University of California's budget cuts.
Today marks the first day of classes for eight of the ten UC campuses, all of which have been hit hard by budget cuts as a result of the statewide budget crisis, which has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of reductions to UC's budget. The cuts are being implemented via pay cuts and forced furloughs
for UC faculty and staff, and drastic fee increases
have been proposed.
UC employees are worried about what is seen as the potential privatization
of the nation's largest public university system. Many see the California budget process
, hampered by a two-thirds majority requirement and numerous ballot initiatives blocking tax increases, as the source of the problem.
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