The ASI senate addressed the funds allocated for the ASI budget which is calculated by the university and ASI to implement resources for the Bronco Recreational Intramural Complex, Bronco Student Center, student government, and the newly addition of the ASI food pantry.
“We are setting the budget for next year,” Hamza said. “How ASI itself will function, not just student government but all ASI facilities [including] the BRIC [and] the BSC; it’s handling a lot of money, handling thousands upon thousands upon millions of dollars in the BSC’s case, to run towards the operations that students use on a daily basis.”
It faced a recommendation to cut $8,700 from the Student Government via the Student Government Coordinator, which failed.
Discussion included the recommendation to cut $6,000 from the Student Government for marketing that was amended to $3,000 via the president, which failed.
The ASI Student Government budget also faced a cut recommendation of $5,000 for the ASI Retreat, which was passed.
Over the last month, different departments have been presenting to the ASI Senate, what their budgets will look like, what they will be planning to use it for,” Gomez said. “And this was the first opportunity for our senators to move that money around; question what funds or certain things or put changes that aligns with their priorities.”
The funds cut from the ASI budget during the cut phase of the ASI Senate will be transferred into a pool which will eventually be reallocated for other clubs, programs, or services that will be furthered addressed when the add phase begins.
“Next Thursday, we’ll be able to continue that cut phase and senators and people in the senate can recommend to cut,” said College of CLASS Senator Cameron Pastrano.
Cuts are a routine aspect of student government.
However, with an underfunded budget this year, money is tighter than before.
“We have a team of staff and employees, personal staff and student employees,” said Gomez. “So, we’re really are held to all the full legal standards of any other corporation in the state of California, we just happen to be run by students.”
Associated Students, Inc. President Farris Hamza will resign as of May 8 and Vice President Carlos Gomez will assume obligations.
Hamza is resigning due to “personal reasons” but plans to remain involved with student government.
Hamza’s term would have ended later this month at which point newly elected President Jennifer Greenberg would take over.
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