Take Action Now! Tell Gov. Brown the CSU needs more in his state budget plan

This Friday, Governor Jerry Brown will release a May Revision to his proposed state budget for the coming year, and the CSU needs you to remind him, “It’s a big mistake to shortchange the future.” Click here to send a message now!  

The California State University needs us to make sure he knows that almost half a million students and the people who teach and serve them are counting on California to reinvest in public higher education. The cuts made to public higher education over many years by prior governors are still damaging California’s future.

CFA President Jennifer Eagan strikes an upbeat note based on her meetings with legislative leaders at the Capitol. “Our voice is being heard,” she says, “and our advocacy makes a difference. The rallies, petitions, emails, calls, and visits to legislative offices are getting through.”

Click here to send a message to Gov. Brown and lawmakers!

The governor’s initial budget proposal released in January only called for increasing CSU state funding by $92 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year. This amount would not actually keep up with inflation and would put the CSU further behind.

Underfunding has costly consequences. The California & Budget Policy Center reported today: “California Stands to Lose Billions in Future Economic Returns by Continuing to Underfund CSU and UC

CFA has called for an additional $422.6 million for the CSU. That funding could increase access for more than 18,000 qualified students at a time when the CSU is turning away more than 30,000 qualified California students each year. Further, this funding would ensure our university system has the state support it needs to protect working conditions for faculty.   

As CFA Vice President Charles Toombs pointed out in CFA’s recent podcast, “We want increased funding because we want the students that we have now in the CSU to have the same benefits and opportunities as 30 years ago, when the students were predominantly white.”

See the Governor unveil his “May Revise” on the California Channel, Friday, May 11 at 10 am.