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Mark Yudof asks UCLA to find $96 million in savings to help UC meet Gov. Brown’s $500 million in cuts

UCLA will be asked to absorb $96 million of the $500 million in proposed state cuts to the University of California system, according to a new target set by UC President Mark Yudof.

Individual campus departments have begun putting together plans to see how they can absorb these budget reductions, said university spokesman Phil Hampton.

Those final reports will then be provided to the Office of the President in February in preparation of the UC Board of Regents’ March meeting.

“(The burden of the cuts) did not come as a surprise,” Hampton said. “But that doesn’t make it any less painful when you see the figure.”

What will help to mitigate the cuts, Hampton said, is a reserve of $55 million that the state re-allocated to UCLA in October.

As Yudof’s proposal stands, UCLA will experience the largest burden of the cuts, with UC Berkeley possibly absorbing $80.8 million and UC Davis taking $70 million in cuts to its budget.

UCOP spokesman Steve Montiel said, however, that these cuts are only preliminary figures.

Ultimately, the figures are contingent on how much can be cut from the Office of the President, and, as with other proposed cuts under Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan, the extension of tax hikes by California voters.

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