Governor Jerry Brown is telling California State University officials their money might be better spent fixing run-down campuses than enrolling large numbers of new students.
Trustees are seeking $250 million to admit an additional 20,000 students and increase course offerings, but Brown says they should look at cheaper solutions like offering more online classes.
Some campuses are in a state of disrepair. CSU Los Angeles can't keep its cooling system running. Electrical and water systems at other sites are more than 50 years old.
Senate Leader Darell Steinberg supports more online learning. He says the maintenance issues are real.
"We must provide more access, but we have to always be willing to do it in ways that are more cost effective," Steinberg said.