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State Budget Update - Aug. 2, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

Well, that was quick.

The Legislature returns from its month-long "working recess" today to begin what is scheduled to be a twenty-nine day sprint to wrap-up legislative business before the fall elections. Because it's the end of a two-year session, legislation that is not approved by August 31 is officially dead.

For community colleges, there are several bills of interest that we will be watching carefully throughout this month. If this year is like any other end of session, we will also see several new ideas pop up at the eleventh hour.

Unfortunately, the Legislature isn't under the same August 31 deadline for the state budget. Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/27/local/la-me-arnold-20100727 threatened that he would hold out until he leaves office on January 3.

We don't believe such holdout is likely, given the November 2 election, and continue to guide districts to expect a budget in time to distribute the September apportionment. Nevertheless, we continue to explore all options to ensure community college doors are kept open in the worst case scenario.

In addition to the uncertainty around the state budget, community college leaders should expect discussions surrounding public employee compensation and pensions. The revelations during the legislative recess of the outsized salaries of city employees in the City of Bell is red meat for legislators of both parties that are looking at ways to cut expenditures and minimize the need for new tax revenues. This month, expect questions about comparable compensation for senior administrators, as well as scrutiny of "overload" compensation for faculty and counselors, and an overall demand for complete transparency.

Organizations like the Community College League of California will be under similar scrutiny by the Legislature following the revelation that the California School Boards Association paid its executive director $540,000 and continues to refuse to disclose its budget and compensation information. In contrast, the League's budget and audit information has been on our website for the last three years, and now all compensation information, including my contract, http://www.ccleague.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3336 is posted.

Beyond the budget and these uncertain issues, the following are the major bills we will be working on for the next four weeks. The links on each bill take you to the LeagueALERT for the bill, which includes more detailed analysis, sample letters and fax numbers of key legislators to contact. It is not too late to fax in your letter of support!

SB 1143 (Liu): Student Completion Task Force - requires the Board of Governors to convene a task force to examine best practices and models for improving student success.
Next Hearing: Assembly Appropriations - August 4

SB 1440 (Padilla): Transfer Associate's Degree -- creates an associate degree pathway for transfers between California's community colleges and campuses of the California State University.
Next Hearing: Assembly Appropriations - August 4

AB 220 (Brownley): K-University Education Bond Act -- would place a $6.1 billion education bond on the November 2010 ballot, and ensures community colleges get a fair share of bond proceeds.
Next Hearing: Senate Appropriations - August 2

AB 1702 (Swanson): Community Colleges: Inmate Education Programs -- eliminates the disparity between the ability of community colleges to claim apportionment for classes taught in county and federal, but not state, correctional institutions.
Next Hearing: Senate Appropriations - August 2

AB 2682 (Block): Centralized Community College Assessment Pilot Project -- allows the Chancellor's Office to create a voluntary pilot project of statewide assessment to encourage the sharing of student scores and guidance among colleges.
Next Hearing: Senate Appropriations - August 2

Stay tuned to the League's Twitter feed, where we will update you on these important bills and significant budget developments.

Scott Lay
President and Chief Executive Officer
Orange Coast College '94
Community College League of California
2017 O Street, Sacramento, California 95811
916.444.8641  www.ccleague.org 

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