Jack Scott's Comments on State of State Address
January 6, 2010
In addition, the Governor showed great leadership by making it very clear that California is headed in the wrong direction in spending more money on prisons than on higher education. He is therefore proposing an initiative that would, over a three-year period, reduce prison spending to 7% of state general fund expenditures and increase higher education funding to at least 10% of state general fund expenditures. Much of the impact of this initiative would help the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC). But I have begun conversations to make sure that the initiative would guarantee that a significant portion of that additional funding would be used to increase slots for community college transfers to CSU and UC.
I know that this has been a rough year. I have been impressed by steps taken by the community colleges to adjust to deep budget cuts. While additional fiscal threats remain, I am hopeful that we have begun to turn the corner. It is not realistic to expect that we will receive large increases in next year’s budget; however, the Governor’s showing of strong support for education provides some hope that we may avoid additional cuts.
I am confident that we can work together: you in the field should talk to your local legislators and those of us in Sacramento will work to influence the Governor and the Legislature. Through this joint advocacy, we will improve the outcomes for the California Community Colleges in this year’s budget process and lay the groundwork for better times ahead.