MERCED, Calif. — California's state budget, approved Friday by the Legislature, includes more than $100 million for UC Merced's continued development and growth.
"We are very pleased that the approved state budget reflects the critical importance of higher education to the people of California," Chancellor Steve Kang said. "We expressly thank Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has enthusiastically supported UC Merced since before the campus opening in 2005. His readiness — along with the Legislature's — to include these funds this year attests to their commitment to UC Merced and to the growing contribution this campus is making to the San Joaquin Valley and the state."
The 2010-11 budget, awaiting the governor's signature, includes $81 million for construction of the Science and Engineering II building, $10 million in base funding for operations, $6.5 million for continued site development and infrastructure at UC Merced and $5 million in supplemental operating funds.
Kang said the campus is grateful to those legislators whose support has been invaluable in the months leading to the approval of the state budget. In particular, he said, Assemblywoman Connie Conway (R-Tulare), as a member of the Joint Budget Conference Committee, played a key role in securing funding for the science building. She was supported by our local legislators, Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani (D-Livingston) and state Sen. Jeff Denham (R-Atwater), as well as by Assembly budget committee member Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield).
"We applaud their collective efforts to support UC Merced students, one-third of whom hail from the Valley, and to advance the university's mission in research, teaching and public service," Kang said.