2019 in Legislative
Just a few days after being sworn in as California's 40th top CEO, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a general fund spending plan on Thursday totaling $144 billion - 81% of which is dedicated to education and health & human services.
Funding outlined for the CSU, with the expectation that there is no tuition increase, includes:
$300 million in ongoing funds: ($193 million for operational costs; $62 million for two percent enrollment growth (7000 students); and $45 million for the Graduation Initiative)
$7 million in ongoing funds to provide legal services to undocumented students, staff and faculty.
$247 million in one-time funds for deferred maintenance, and to improve and expand campus child-care centers to better assist student parents.
$15 million in one-time funds to address student food insecurity and homelessness.
$2 million in one-time funds to review the feasibility of a possible new CSU campus (likely in Stockton).
"This is fantastic news and it shows that the Governor is true to his word," said CSUEU President Neil Jacklin. "Many of us supported his bid for governor and it was with the hope that he would make higher education a priority. And that's what he did with this proposed budget - it truly reflects his commitment to the CSU."
Capitol Public Radio has full budget coverage here.
The proposed CSU budget also includes language to "begin an in-depth conversation between the Administration and the Trustees regarding the short- and long-term goals and expectations of the state and the CSU," as stated in the proposal.
These deliberations would initially focus on: Providing fiscal certainty to students and their families; increasing access to the CSU and improving student success; creating a more cost-effective CSU; and improving the link between higher education and skills needed for the economy.
Improved accountability over the CSU budget remains a high priority for us. The Governor's goals to provide fiscal certainty, and create a more cost-effective CSU, signal an intent to enact meaningful and effective oversight and control of CSU expenditures.
The Governor's budget will be reviewed in legislative hearings. Following revisions in May, the final budget must get voted on and approved by the state Legislature.
Our CSUEU Legislative Committee will issue updates as we plan our annual Lobby Day in the state Capitol in May.
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