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No $50 million without reforms, Gov. Jerry Brown warns UC

Gov. Jerry Brown at a January news conference (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Gov. Jerry Brown at a January news conference (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget holds back $50 million from the University of California until it adopts reforms recommended by a scathing state audit that found the system has tens of millions of dollars in undisclosed reserves and paid excessive salaries to administrators.

“I put the $50 million in there so we can hold their feet to the fire,” Brown told reporters in announcing the May revision to his annual budget. “That’s the way we will reinforce the audit. They have to make some reports and create some transparency, and we will keep the money until they perform to the auditor’s satisfaction.”

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