CSU Advocacy Report from Vicky McLeod, Legislative Committee Chair As part of the CSU’s weeklong campaign kick-off to advocate for legislative support and funding, I represented our Union and joined other labor leaders and campus presidents to meet with state legislators in early February. Held over Zoom, the Feb. 1-4 meetings with state senators and assemblymembers centered on asking the Legislature to add an additional $365 million in recurring funding, and an additional $565 million in one-time funds for infrastructure and renewal projects. We agree with the CSU’s goals to reduce equity gaps and prepare students for California's workforce, restore prior cuts to save jobs, and create jobs. Read more about the #CSUFORCA 2021-22 budget requests. The sessions also offered good opportunities for frontline staff to deliver our message to state leaders: Staff is the backbone and infrastructure of the University. As CSU funds are restored, the University needs to re-hire the staff laid off (due to the pandemic recession) as well as bring back courses that were cut. I provided personal stories from my campus, CSU Fullerton, of laid-off employees and the number of lay-offs throughout the CSU. I shared that I have a 32-year career with the CSU and both my son and I are alumni of CSU Fullerton. Steven Filling from CFA followed to reiterate the importance of restoring staff/faculty and restoring cut classes. Chancellor Joseph I. Castro repeated several times the need for the CSU to maintain jobs and how staff are important. Legislators were receptive to our messages. The state budget can always change and the CSU is hoping that the May revise will increase funding. We heard that Gov. Newsom believes the federal dollars are covering the CSU cuts. Speaker Anthony Rendon said he was a huge fan of the CSU and appreciated all the good work coming out of the University. Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) inquired about the CSU’s overall reserve of $1.7 billion, of which the Chancellor said $400 million was set aside for economic uncertainty with other portions allocated for capital projects. Atkins asked to see a list of projects by campus. Other leaders who participated were: Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz); Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley); Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside); Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) . Lande Asoje , the Higher Ed Policy Advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom, also participated.