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Merced Sun-Star

By: Linda P.B. Katehi, Chancellor of UC Davis

One year ago, the people of California approved Proposition 30, which prevented $6 billion in cuts to the state’s education budget. Californians understand that our public colleges and universities are preparing students for the jobs of the future, performing important research and serving as economic engines for the state.

Unfortunately, the current budget battle in Washington is endangering these benefits just when our state needs them most.

As an incentive to reach a deal on the nation’s budget, the Budget Control Act of 2011 included the threat of sequestration – or across-the-board cuts to broad portions of the federal budget. A deal never emerged, and sequestration is now in effect. Unless the law is changed, even deeper cuts will go into effect this January. As head of one of our state’s largest universities, it is my duty to state that continuing down the road of sequestration is shortsighted at best and disastrous for our state at worst. 

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