First off, it's my pleasure to introduce two new League team members who have joined our Governmental Relations team.
joins us from the California Psychological Association, where he served as Grassroots and Communications Manager. He has a bachelor's of arts in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from California State University, Chico. Ryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
joins us from the University of California, Riverside (UCR), where she was Associate Director, Regional Relations in the university's office of government & community relations. She has a bachelor's in political science/international affairs from UCR and a master's in public administration from University of La Verne. Lizette can be reached at email@example.com
Ryan and Lizette will work under the leadership of vice president Theresa Tena, and will work closely with Rita Mize in analyzing legislation and advocating in the Legislature on the budget and bills affecting community colleges.
We are delighted with the new members of our team, particularly at this very busy time under the Capitol's dome. This week is the deadline for bills to get out of the house they were introduced in ("house of origin"), and the houses are trying to wrap up work on their respective budget plans.
Next week, we anticipate the budget conference committee to begin the work of reconciling the differences between the Assembly and Senate versions of the budget.
As both houses have used the more optimistic revenue estimates of the Legislative Analyst's Office--which pegs revenues at $3.2 billion above the governor's May Revision estimates--all eyes are on the governor's office for a cue as to what level of revenue is acceptable to him.
Theresa has put together this chart
that compares the community college budget proposed by the governor with the plans adopted by the Assembly and the Senate, along with a comparison of the pre-recession community college budget.
Yes, we just might get total funding back above 2007-08 levels! Of course, that's not the whole story, as we have also lost 18% of purchasing power as we have gone five years without a cost-of-living adjustment. However, even though it will take a few years, it sure is nice to talk about restoring access and essential student services.
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