SACRAMENTO -- California's two public university systems could get an additional $50 million each under a proposal Assembly Democrats unveiled this week.
The last-minute push to give California State University and the University of California a greater-than-expected increase for the coming year comes just weeks after the Department of Finance announced state property tax revenues weren't high enough to trigger the extra funding.
Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, D-San Diego, said in a news release that the state's general fund revenues are nearly $400 million above projections and that the state can afford to restore "desperately needed funding" to the university systems.
The money would be on top of the $142 million the UC and CSU are each set to receive.
Lawmakers this week amended a Senate budget bill, SB 872, to include the increase. It will be considered by the Legislature during the final weeks of the session this month.
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