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Jan 17, 2013 1:43 PM by The Associated Press

UC leaders support Brown's plan to boost funding

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California leaders say Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to increase funding for the 10-campus system is a positive step forward, but significant financial challenges remain.

Brown and other state leaders are attending the UC Board of Regents meeting Thursday in San Francisco, where school officials are discussing Brown's 2013-2014 budget plan.

After years of budget cuts, Brown has proposed giving California's public colleges and universities more money, thanks to the November passage of his Proposition 30 tax initiative. UC would see a $250 million increase.

But in exchange Brown wants colleges to control expenses, stop raising tuition and create more digital courses.

UC President Mark Yudof says he believes UC can meet the governor's challenge, but notes that state funding for the system has fallen sharply in recent years.

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