Deal Reached on $25B Budget Revision - July 20, 2009
July 20, 2009 - 9:00 p.m.
The governor and legislative leaders emerged from the governor's office this evening to announce they have reached a deal on a $25 billion budget revision. Both houses are expected to vote on the package on Thursday.
For community colleges, the plan http://www.lao.ca.gov/handouts/state_admin/2009/Summary_Conf_Com_06_22_09.pdf cuts community colleges by $936 million in state general funds. Student fees would increase to $26/unit effective with the fall semester ($17/unit for the two districts on the quarter system).
Even with $70 million in additional student fee revenue and up to $130 million in one-time federal funds, the cuts are the http://www.cpec.ca.gov/completereports/2008reports/08-19/21-30.pdf deepest in the history of California's community colleges. With booming enrollment from four converging forces--record high school graduates, redirected four-year students, returning veterans, and the newly unemployed--the budget will significantly constrain access and limit essential student services.
We are awaiting several details issues, including how the 2008-09 cuts will be implemented, now that that fiscal year is officially over. Below are the details as we know them.
Nobody is happy with this budget, and community colleges are no different. However, we did succeed in extracting a commitment in the deal to repay K-12 schools and community colleges $9.5 billion as the economy rebounds. This is an important restoration of quality that will likely begin in 2012-13. We certainly have several difficult years ahead.
After the legislative votes occur and as our college communities implement the very tough decisions that this budget requires, we will be gearing up for the battle ahead. There are likely future rounds of cuts, reductions that will only made deeper in the long run if we continue to divest from systems of California's higher education. I hope that you will join the League in that fight.
We will also be engaging the candidates running for governor next year and for offices across the state to encourage them to talk about their plans for community colleges and higher education. We will need your help as local community members that bring the political, demographic and geographic diversity that is reflective of our colleges.
Finally, I'd like to extend a special thank you to the League's Director of Fiscal Policy Theresa Tena and Vice Chancellor Erik Skinner for doing a heroic job advocating for us inside the Capitol. Additionally, Bonnie Slosson, the League's Director of Governmental Relations, Kristine Schilpp, Asst. Director of Governmental Relations, Rita Mize, Director of Fiscal Policy and Richael Young, intern, have all been an important part of the fight, as have the rest of the League's staff. Finally, Jonathan Lightman, Executive Director of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges has done a great job coordinating an outstanding group of advocates from across the California.
Let's keep up the fight,
President and Chief Executive Officer
Community College League of California
2017 O Street, Sacramento, California 95811
916.444.8641 . www.ccleague.org
Anticipated Cuts to Community Colleges
Please click here for district specific information http://www.ccleague.net/impact/
Projected lost students: 250,000 (a)
|2008-09 General Cuts
|Est. 2008-09 general apportionment shortfall:
|Est. 2008-09 property tax shortfall:
|Total general cut:
2009-10 General Cut
|Est. general apportionment shortfall:
|Unallocated 2009-10 apportionment reduction:
|Est. 2009-10 enrollment fee shortfall:
|Est. 2009-10 property tax shortfall:
|Est. student enrollment fee revenue (from $20/unit to $26/unit):
|Total general cut:
|2009-10 Categorical Cuts: $343,000,000
|The budget makes deep cuts to categorical programs, which are expected to be partially backfilled by federal state fiscal stabilization funds.
|Anticipated federal backfill
|Career Technical Education:
|Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE):
|Counseling, Placement and Assessment (Matriculation):
|Disabled Students Programs and Services:
|Extended Opportunities Programs and Services:
|Instructional Equipment & Scheduled Maintenance:
|Part-time Faculty Compensation:
|Special Services for CalWORKs Recipients:
|Telecommunications and Technology:
Notes: All numbers are estimated based on the most recent available data and will vary based on final budget language and ending funding numbers for specific districts. Additional categoricals (Career Technical Education, Economic Development, Nursing, Telecommunications and Technology) are also being cut, but district projections can not be provided at this time.
(a) Reduced enrollment numbers are the district's proportionate share of the reduction in projected funded students in 2009-10. Actual enrollment change will depend on local district and community factors.
(b) The amount of general revenue to support per student funding is below that needed to fund all districts' funded FTES.
(c) The budget reduces general funding by $120,000,000, and encourages districts to reduce workload in areas other than basic skills, transfer and career technical education.
(d) The "base" projections for student enrollment fees assume enrollment will increase by 3%, although the funding for growth has been removed. Meanwhile, an additional $80 million ($70 million to support apportionments) is available from the increase of fees from $20/unit to $26/unit.
(e) A separate stream of $38 million for career-technical education and $10 million for physical plan and instructional support is available for the next several years under the SB 1133/QIA settlement.
(Information courtesy of the Community College League of California)