Governor's Budget Chancellor Thor - January 10, 2014
First I want to wish you a happy new year and to tell you how optimistic I am about 2014. Part of the reason for my optimism is Gov. Jerry Brown's 2014-15 budget proposal.
Since the governor's budget proposal was “leaked” earlier this week, you may already know that he is continuing his push to restore education funding in California, with more revenue expected than he had last year. In the budget proposal officially released Thursday, Gov. Brown clearly demonstrates his commitment to increasing student access and success in higher education, and to advancing the equity agenda. Also notable is what he isn’t proposing – no student fee increases or linking of base funding to completion.
State Chancellor Brice Harris calls the governor’s budget proposal the best in recent memory for community college students. This is good news for us as we continue to address our district’s anticipated structural deficit, projected at $5 million to $6 million for 2014-15. We face this ongoing challenge because of our enrollment declines.
We’ll keep you updated as we analyze what the governor’s budget proposal means for Foothill-De Anza. Meanwhile, here are some key line items affecting community colleges, including funding increases over the prior year:
Additional information and analysis can be found using these links:
Office of the Governor (press release) http://gov.ca.gov/home.php
California Department of Finance (budget documents)
Community College League of California (summary)
California Legislative Analyst’s Office (fiscal outlook) http://www.lao.ca.gov
The governor’s proposal is just the start of the state budget development process. Changes undoubtedly will occur over the next six months as the Legislature weighs in. It will be important for all members of our college community to engage in advocacy efforts supporting the governor’s budget as there will be pressure from many quarters to divert dollars to other priorities.
Winter quarter is off to a strong start. This favorable budget news means we can continue to look forward with excitement at new opportunities, knowing we will be able to do more to serve students.
Thank you for all you do,
Linda M. Thor, Ed.D.
Chancellor Foothill-De Anza Community College District
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 (650) 949-6100