It will be another two months before Gov. Jerry Brown makes his budget proposal for the 2014-15 fiscal year, but the Democratic governor already is moving to temper expectations.
At a meeting Thursday in San Francisco of the University of California's governing board, Brown called unrealistic a UC budget budget proposal seeking about $121 million more in general fund support than he is expected to propose.
Brown signed a budget this year increasing the university system's base funding by about $142 million. He has proposed another 5 percent increase next year as long as UC keeps tuition flat.
Brown told regents the Legislature is unlikely to offer UC any more than that. There are competing interests at the Capitol, he said, and "that's kind of the reality sandwich we have to chew on."
Sherry Lansing, a regent, said university officials may be able to "move the needle" by lobbying in Sacramento, but Brown said the prospects aren't high.
Even small budget victories aren't easy, Brown said.
The former seminarian told regents they may think his "Jesuitical harshness is not nice" but that he is only delivering "hard truths" and that "you have an ally, and a skilled ally, in the trenches of Sacramento."