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Gov. Jerry Brown's budget holds back $50 million from UC to 'hold their feet to the fire' on reform

Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his 2017-2018 spending plan at a news conference in January. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his 2017-2018 spending plan at a news conference in January. (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.”

Brown stopped short of calling for the resignation of UC President Janet Napolitano when asked about it by a reporter.

“I’m not in the business of opining on my colleagues,” Brown said. “Most people think she’s doing a pretty good job. That’s certainly the view of the regents and I think a lot of others. I have my issues with the university. I think their salaries are way too high, especially the administrators.”

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