On January 10, 2018, Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine—Co-chairs California Coalition for Public Higher Education provided the following statement on California’s proposed budget:
Although this Budget proposal includes very modest increases for the University of California, California State University, and the community colleges, these are well below the increase in the General Fund. In other words, higher education’s share of the State General Fund would actually decrease. This budget proposal is a step in the wrong direction, ignoring the need to enroll more California students on our campuses. It is unrealistic and counterproductive to ask our great higher education system to do more with less.