Statement from UCSC Chancellor Blumenthal

Statement by UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal concerning Governor Schwarzenegger's proposal today to amend the state constitution to shift money from prisons to higher education:

"I am greatly encouraged by Governor Schwarzenegger's statement today in support of increased funding for higher education in California. His proposal to invest more in higher education than prisons reflects a return to the values that helped build California.

"The University of California has been a powerful economic engine of the state for decades, and we cannot afford to let that engine stall. The budget process in California is complex and significant challenges remain, but I welcome the Governor's strong endorsement of the value of higher education to the people of California."