March 24, 2011

In a recent interview at the State Capitol with Roxanne Makasdjian of UC Berkeley Media Relations, California State Sen. Joe Simitian commented on the immense value of UC Berkeley to California’s economy. His comments were made in the course of a discussion about the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, which is exploring the development and use of safe chemicals as well as ways to impact public policy.

Over the past 20 years, state funding to the University of California has diminished, and more cuts are pending. Simitian warns that this disinvestment puts California’s economic growth at risk, since, in addition to providing a high caliber education, campuses like UC Berkeley also drive the state’s economy through critical research and innovation, which promotes private sector investment.

 

Click here for video of Senator Simitian:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh01zn7_zyY&feature=player_embedded
(1:10 video produced by Roxanne Makasdjian, UC Berkeley Media Relations)