Coming in January: New governor to release 2019-2020 plan for CSU state funding

As governors do every January, Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom will release his proposed 2019-2020 state budget plan no later than January 10. That plan will include proposed state funding for the California State University.

CFA is watching closely as the new budget plan develops.

In November, the CSU Trustees submitted their funding request to the state Department of Finance, which helps governors develop budget plans. The Trustees asked for an 11% increase in the CSU’s state funding, which is $456 million more than was provided in the current year.

“We are pleased the CSU Trustees are being bolder and have asked for the resources we will need to help more of our state’s students. We know that as our student body became more diverse the funding dropped off, and its critical that we reverse that trend,” says Lillian Taiz, chair of CFA’s Political Action and Legislation Committee.

“We believe that the new governor and state legislature appreciate the importance of a quality public higher education system for all of California’s eligible students.” Taiz added,  “As recent polling shows, the people of California want the state to invest more in the CSU.”

  • See a new PPIC poll in which Californians say they believe public higher education is a very  high priority and want it to get greater support from the state

Once the governor releases his budget plan, the state Assembly and Senate will hold public hearings, at which CFA and other CSU advocates will testify. The Legislature will formulate their own proposed budgets and, in May after tax receipts are calculated, the Governor will release a revised plan. At that point, the discussion will intensify.

The legislature must adopt a proposed budget and send it to Governor Newsom by June 15. He will have until June 30 to exercise his line-item veto and to sign the budget into law for the 2019-2020 fiscal year starting July 1.

CFA waged a successful campaign for 2018-2019 state funding for the CSU, in which the CSU got an additional $263 million above Governor Brown’s recommendation.

That advocacy included hundreds of faculty visits to legislators, calls and emails to Governor Brown, testimony at dozens of hearings, and public actions at the Chancellor’s office and the State Capitol, including a large protest by students and faculty on April 4. Students also picketed outside the Governor’s Mansion, and lobbied against tuition hikes.

“CFA understands that the future of California depends on preparing large numbers of people with the college degrees they need to work in a vibrant economy and to participate in a healthy democracy,” says Taiz. “The CSU is the single most important route to ensuring we have them, and we will be out there arguing for the CSU again in 2019.”