CSU presidents urge passage of governor’s budget plan


SacBee

Published Tuesday, May. 25, 2010

College presidents from the 23 campuses in the California State University system were at the Capitol on Monday, lobbying for their share of the state budget.

But instead of the complaints in recent years that they’re not getting enough money, the administrators are giving a big thumbs up to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s May budget proposal. They’re urging lawmakers to approve it, saying the additional $366 million the governor has proposed for CSU in 2010-11 will allow campuses to end employee furloughs and admit 29,000 more students.

“This season in the Legislature is critical,” Chancellor Charles Reed said at a Capitol news conference.

Schwarzenegger’s budget assumes student fees will go up 10 percent this fall at Cal State campuses.

At the University of California, Schwarzenegger has proposed increasing funding by $356 million. UC regents already have approved a 15 percent increase in student fees, the second in a two-step increase they approved last year.

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office is urging the Legislature not to give the two university systems as much money as the governor has proposed. The LAO says lawmakers instead should put some money toward saving programs for the needy, such as child care and CalWORKs, which Schwarzenegger has proposed eliminating.

– Laurel Rosenhall

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