Finally, the Governor has reinforced his commitment to restore funding to higher education by proposing a constitutional amendment that would cap state spending for prisons and establish minimum spending levels for the CSU and UC systems. The amendment proposes to increase the combined UC/CSU share of General Fund spending from its current 7.5 percent (approximate) to a guaranteed minimum of 10 percent by the 2014-15 fiscal year and each year thereafter. However, constitutional amendments require the majority vote of the state electorate, a very difficult objective. We will keep you posted as this amendment progresses forward in the coming months.
Unfortunately, once again California is in the midst of extremely challenging fiscal circumstances and many of the Governorís proposals will face a difficult reception in the Legislature. In fact, one recommendation is that salaries for state government employees be reduced by 5% (CSU and UC employees are not included in consideration for this reduction). If you are interested in more details about the Governorís budget proposal, please visit the universityís Budget Central Web site to review the Governorís Budget document. There are details about the stateís budget problem, the proposed budget solutions, and the risks of the budget for 2010-11.
The reality is that this is a budget proposal, not a final budget. A lot could happen between now and the time the budget has been finalized. The Governor has declared a fiscal emergency and has called the Legislature into special session with the goal of having some budget solutions adopted this spring. Because of this, we hope to have some further information over the next several months. Meanwhile, because of all the uncertainties, we will continue with the same planning assumptions already in place which were thoroughly discussed campuswide this past fall. You can keep updated on information related to our campusí budget at the CSULB Budget Central Web site.
As a university, we all can be proud of everything that we have accomplished for our students and alumni. I have complete confidence that we will continue to work collaboratively to provide our students with high-quality educational experiences despite these unprecedented budget conditions. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Thank you for your service and commitment to CSULB and our students.
F. King Alexander