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UC Office of the President released a statement on Gov. Newsom's budget proposal today. UC ANR is also grateful for the plan, which includes a 5% increase in UC funding, allocations for deferred maintenance and climate research and outreach. Please read the UC statement below.
Gov. Newsom proposes 5-year funding compact with UC
California Gov. Gavin Newsom today (Jan. 10) proposed a state spending plan that includes a five-year funding compact with the University of California. If enacted, it would bring budget stability to UC and support critical long-term investments in educational access and excellence.
Under the plan, UC would see a 5 percent budget increase over each of the next five fiscal years, allowing the University to increase enrollment, boost resources to help underrepresented groups achieve academic success, and expand college access and affordability for struggling students and families across the state.
Newsom's spending plan for the 2022-23 fiscal year also allocates $185M in one-time funds for climate change-related work, expanding the University's innovation ecosystem to accelerate new technological solutions.
“The University of California is grateful to Gov. Newsom for his continued leadership and steadfast support of the University,” said UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “The priorities he outlined today reflect our shared commitment to expanding the positive impact the University has on the lives of all Californians.”
Newsom's budget proposal marks the beginning of a negotiation process with the state Legislature that runs through June 15. Highlights of Newsom's spending plan include:
A 5 percent funding increase for UC in 2022-23, with additional 5 percent increases over each of the following four years.
$185M in one-time funding for research and innovation to combat climate change, including the creation of new climate-focused innovation hubs, workforce development for climate-focused careers, and seed grants that will attract matching funds to accelerate projects that foster resilience and mitigate the environmental impacts of climate change.
Significant one-time funding for energy-efficiency projects across UC campuses and critical deferred maintenance.
“We appreciate the governor's continued investment in UC as an engine of economic mobility. The steady, reliable levels he has proposed give us the foundation we need to grow enrollment at UC without compromising the excellence of our research, teaching and public service mission,” said Cecilia Estolano, chair of the UC Board of Regents. “It allows us to do our part to educate the next generation of California's leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators.”
The funding to expand climate-related innovation builds on UC's ongoing partnership with the state to foster entrepreneurial efforts across California. In 2016, state lawmakers introduced legislation that allocated $22M to expand innovation efforts at all 10 UC campuses. That effort returned a 14-fold increase and launched more than 530 startups.
Today, UC has a strong network of incubators, accelerators and boot camps across the University. The governor's plan to leverage the strength of that innovation ecosystem to focus on climate change is a win for California, Chair Estolano said.
“We are heartened by the governor's confidence in UC's cutting-edge research on climate resiliency. These resources will enable our researchers to develop the technologies, practices and policies needed to address drought, wildfires, sea level rise, clean transportation, climate smart agriculture, building decarbonization, and climate justice. UC turns ideas into planet-saving and community-building action. This will help us elevate and accelerate our work in all sectors,” Estolano said.
University leaders said they looked forward to working with state lawmakers on a spending plan that will help UC improve the lives of people across the state.
“Gov. Newsom's budget proposal demonstrates his strong, continued dedication to furthering UC's excellence,” President Drake said. “We look forward to continuing to partner with his administration and with the state Legislature as they finalize the budget in the months ahead.”
I am beyond thrilled to share with you that Governor Newsom signed the state budget last night and it includes a historic increase for the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. Not only does it restore UC ANR's budget to pre-COVID levels of FY 2019-20, but we received a 5% increase plus an additional $32 million in ongoing funding, bringing our total state budget to $107.9 million. This budget increase is transformational and will allow us to rebuild our academic footprint across the state.
We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to Senator John Laird, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Education, for his leadership and dedication to restoring UC ANR's budget, as well as UC ANR stakeholders who called for restored funding. Over the past 20 years, state funding for UC ANR decreased by almost 50% (adjusted for inflation), resulting in a significant reduction of UC ANR's Cooperative Extension Advisors and Specialists; from 427 positions in 2001 down to only 269 in 2021 – creating vacancies in many critical positions. UCCE personnel have been stretched thinner and thinner, most covering multiple counties to serve growing numbers of Californians. Senator Laird, former secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, recognized this critical need and fought adamantly to bring back Extension throughout California. Please join me in thanking Senator Laird and all of our stakeholders for their relentless support for UC ANR.
With this new funding, I am pleased to announce that we are releasing 20 UCCE academic positions for recruitment and look forward to releasing many more over the next several months. The new funding resulting from Senator Laird's support will rebuild our academic footprint. I wish to thank the Program Council for their work developing recommendations for the highest priority and most urgent 15 UCCE Advisor positions and five UCCE Specialist positions. Likewise, I thank the County Directors, Program Team Leaders, Statewide Program/Institute Directors, Research and Extension Center Directors, and Associate Deans for their efforts to identify the most pressing priority position needs, considering the 2018 and 2019 proposals and more recent departures. This input was critical to inform Program Council's recommendations and will prove critical for future releases.
I look forward to sending more information on the specific positions to be released soon! We will develop a timeline for prioritizing the next round of positions to release. While our priority is to fill current major gaps, we also must identifypositions to address California's emerging and future needs. This state budget increase will allow UC ANR to hire more people and achieve greater impact, but we will need to continue seeking funding from additional sources to attain the number of positions needed to significantly improve the lives of all Californians.
After a particularly challenging year, I hope you share my optimistic outlook as the FY 2021-22 budget brings relief with more resources to pursue the UC ANR mission of improving life for all Californians.
I am pleased to announce that we plan to release a handful of UCCE academic positions for recruitment as soon as we know the final state of our FY2021-22 state budget. The state has announced full restoration of UC's budget for this next fiscal year, offering significant relief to UC ANR's budget outlook. That announcement means that the 12.7% cut we experienced in FY 2020/21 will be reversed, bringing our FY 2021/22 budget back to the pre-COVID levels we had in FY 2019-20.
While this news is very good, challenges will remain to fill the many other UCCE positions identified as high priority. Over the past 20 years, state funding for UC ANR decreased by almost 50% (adjusted for inflation), resulting in a significant decrease of UC ANR's Cooperative Extension Advisors and Specialists; from 427 positions in 2001 down to only 269 in 2021 – creating many vacancies in critical positions.
Strengthening and rebuilding our Cooperative Extension academic footprint is our highest priority and we will continue to seek additional funding for an array of sources. To this end, we have been successful in finding partners to co-fund UCCE Advisor, UCCE Specialist and other program positions. These partnerships reflect how our stakeholders value our people and our work. Not all positions have the same opportunity for partnerships, nor is it a goal to have all positions funded through partnerships, making it important to be able to fund new positions through our state and federal funds.
I wish to thank the Program Council for their work developing recommendations for the highest priority and most urgent 15 UCCE Advisor positions and five UCCE Specialist positions. Likewise, I thank the County Directors, Program Team Leaders, Statewide Program/Institute Directors, REC Directors, and Associate Deans for their efforts to identify priority position needs, considering the 2018 and 2019 proposals and more recent departures. This input was critical to inform Program Council's recommendations.
Over the past couple of years, we continued recruitment for high-priority positions identified through earlier UCCE position processes. See Academic Recruitments for a full list of UCCE academic positions recently recruited.
I look forward to sending more information on the specific positions to be released soon!
Dear colleagues, friends and stakeholders,
Great news! Governor Newsom, in agreement with the state legislative leadership, has announced full restoration of UC's budget for the next fiscal year. This was part of the UC Regent's budget request this year, and we are thrilled to see it moving forward. For UC ANR, that means the 12.7% cut we sustained in FY 2020/21 will be restored, bringing our budget back to pre-COVID levels for FY 2021/22.
The ink has yet to dry on this agreement, so we still have work to do and we need your help. Will you thank the Legislature for their support and ask that they continue to support critical investments in UC ANR?
There are two upcoming budget subcommittee hearings where state lawmakers will specifically discuss UC's FY2021-22 budget. This is our chance to set the tone during budget negotiations, and providing public comment is one of the highest impact actions you can take. These hearings are on March 1 and March 9. If you're interested in participating, please email Anne Megaro at email@example.com.
Historically, public comment has only been available to those who could attend hearings in-person; however, due to the pandemic, the Legislature now allows anyone to dial-in and participate – which means even more UC advocates can make their voices heard!
Prefer advocating for UC via social media? Sending a tweet on Twitter is a quick and effective way to express your support for UC.
Did you know that UC has a digital advocacy network? Stay informed of important budget hearings and calls to action by signing up to for the UC Advocacy Network. By joining, you'll learn how you can advocate for UC and stay updated on the latest issues impacting higher education.
Let's tell the Legislature what we are doing and why funding for UC is critical. Effective tweets and posts should include:
- Your relationship with UC ANR (legislators might not know that 4-H, Master Gardeners, or even Cooperative Extension are part of UC ANR, so make sure to mention UC ANR along with your programmatic connection!)
- Why you care about UC ANR/ the impact it has on you, your family, your business, or your community.
- An ask for “full budget restoration”
4-H has been a bright light for my children and community while sheltering in place. We immediately went to work one year ago making masks to protect loved ones and healthcare workers. As a program within UC ANR, we rely on critical state funding. Please fully restore UC ANR's budget! @yourrepresentative (add a personal photo if you wish).
Please share this message with your community partners and friends who are eager to lend their voice to support UC ANR funding. Your advocacy truly helps!
It's been an emotional week for all of us witnessing the insurrection in our nation's capital. Such violence and vitriol adds to the ongoing stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic distress that so many are feeling. I want to remind you the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) services are available to you and urge you to utilize them as needed.
Watching this recent attack on our democracy, combined with the decreasing support for science and public institutions that we have experienced for several years now, I am reminded just how critically important ANR's work is to support our democratic society. In addition to development of new knowledge through our research and getting it into local hands through Cooperative Extension and our programs, we often bring together people who disagree to discuss the facts respectfully and to find ways everyone can benefit. The work that each and every one of you does contributes to making California more prosperous, keeping our ecosystems healthy and our communities more equitable.
Although we continue to struggle with tight budgets, we received some very positive news today in Governor Newsom's proposed budget for FY 2021-22. The Governor proposed a 3% increase in UC's base General Fund budget, which is a partial restoration of last year's reduction. Additionally, the proposal includes $2 million in one-time General Fund support to fund UC ANR fire advisors as well as opportunities for UC Cooperative Extension to contract with CDFA to help small-scale and underserved farmers with business planning, navigating regulatory compliance, and accessing and leveraging state and federal funds. Other funding identified as best utilized by UCCE is work on Integrated Pest Management. It is very encouraging that the governor recognizes ANR can help address issues such as wildfire, climate change and economic sustainability; more details on the budget and other funding opportunities within it will be forthcoming soon.
As we head into the weekend, I'm proud of the work we do and hope you remember that together we can make things better. Please take care of yourselves and those around you. We have a new year and many opportunities to make a positive difference for California!