While Californians are still feeling the sting of income and sales tax hikes signed into law earlier this year, now comes news that state tax authorities plan to take a little more from their pockets.
2009/10 Budget Overview
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a budget plan sent to him by lawmakers to close the state's monumental deficit, using his veto pen to impose nearly $500 million in additional cuts.
New reductions will affect AIDS treatment, child welfare and children's healthcare, including the Healthy Families program, which provides affordable health insurance to children.
Community college spending was cut by over $680 million and is expected to reduce enrollment by 250,000 students. With so much to lose, faculty victories included fighting off the Governors proposal to suspend the 75/25 and the fifty percent law.
Major Highlights Include:
- Student fees increased from $20 to $26 per credit unit effective fall
- Elimination of all growth funds
- No COLA
- $333 million in cuts to categorical programs
For a full listing of cuts go here: http://www.ccleague.net/impact/
FACCC continues to aggressively advocate in and out of the Capitol for community college funding. To become a voice for community colleges and join in our advocacy efforts, email FACCC membership Director Bryan Ha to learn how you can become more involved.
Crafting A Student-Centered Transfer Process in California
Training and Employment Guidance Letter
Community colleges hold key to U.S. leadership - The Detroit News
Summary of H.R. 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009
Excerpts of Presidentís remarks and fact sheet on the American Graduation Initiative
State Budget Update - July 2009 - National Conference of State Legislatures
Community College League of California Budget Update July 28
Chancellor's Office Budget Memo July 29
Governor signs $84.5 billion spending plan San Francisco Chronicle - July 29