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Last night, the proposed speech by provocative alt-right speaker Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled two hours before it began because the peaceful protests turned violent. Chancellor Dirks’s message reaffirmed the University’s adherence to free speech principles. He said “We are now—and will remain in the future—completely committed to free speech as essential to our educational mission and a vital component of our identity at UC Berkeley.”

President Trump tweeted the following in response: If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?

I contacted UC Berkeley for an accurate estimate of federal funds they receive. Fifty-five percent of research funding or $370 million dollars out of $673 million dollars comes from federal funding.

Now, how much does California contribute to the federal budget?

California ranks 46th among 50 states in dependency on federal dollars. Mississippi, New Mexico and Alabama are the 3 states with the highest dependency on federal dollars.

How do we do this? We have the sixth largest economy in the world, and we have high state taxes so that we do not have to depend on the federal government as much as other states.

So, here are the facts about your federal tax dollars and about a University that is a crown jewel of this state.

Nirupama V.

Nirupama Vaidhyanathan is a writer, dancer and choreographer. She was the former editor of India Currents magazine.