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California State University to state: need money for employee pay raises, student enrollment increase

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At their meeting in Long Beach on Wednesday, Cal State trustees approved a request of $4.6 billion in state funding for the 2014-2015 fiscal year - a $237 million increase compared over this year.

Trustees proposed to use $91.6 million for a 3 percent employee raise. Another $79.2 million would go to pay for a 5 percent student enrollment increase. And $50 million would be used to help students to finish their degree quicker. Other funds would go to building maintenance and upgrades. The request must be approved by the governor and state legislature.

Cal State froze pay and enrollment and raised tuition in response to state budget cuts in recent years.

Two months ago, trustees had debated a budget request that was about $100 million dollars higher. Governor Jerry Brown – who attended that meeting – gave them a reality check.

"There’s a whole bunch of other people asking for more money," he told trustees.