I wish I could tell you there were a lot of exciting developments on the state budget. However, few significant actions are expected until after next Tuesday's primary election.
Last week, the Assembly and Senate budget committees discussed community college issues and heard testimony from the League and other system representatives as well as local chief business officers.
Our community college testimony focused on the need to provide security for the total of $457 million ($116m current year and $341m budget year) in anticipated revenues from the redevelopment wind-down. The governor's May Revise reduces community college General Fund revenue by an equivalent amount, although independent observers believe the number is far too high. To the extent the revenues do not materialize, this could leave a huge mid-year hole in the communuity college budget next year.
Watch the testimony before the subcommittees:
We need district letters to support our request to provide a hold harmless guarantee for the redevelopment funds. We have provided an easy letter template for your district:
Also, if you missed the joint Chancellor's Office-League May Revise webinar, it is also archived on YouTube.
Thank you for your advocacy throughout the year. We know this is the time for graduation and celebration of the accomplishments of students, faculty, and staff. We applaud your great work and pledge to keep working hard on your behalf in Sacramento to get the resources needed for you to serve your students and communities.
President and Chief Executive Officer, The League
Orange Coast College '94