California State University funding prospects continue to improve, but CSU constituencies should call on the Legislature to provide the funding needed to support the 23-campus system, the Chancellor said last week.

“Our budget request messaging to date has been very well received by the California state legislature, both in public and private conversations,” CSU Chancellor Timothy White said last week. “It is inspiring to see the impact of individual and collective advocacy, and for that I express my heartfelt gratitude to you.”

CSU officials say they are in the final push for support in the emerging state budget, and encouraged supporters of CSU to contact legislators, for example, through https://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

The CSU Board of Trustees will continue to advocate for a fully-funded CSU. Chancellor calls for support for CSU funding. (Jacqueline Ayala | The Poly Post)

CSU Board of Trustees met May 15 and May 16 in the Dumke Auditorium at the Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach.

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget, Ryan Storm, gave a recap on the governor’s latest budget proposal, an update on the budget hearings and the work being done in Sacramento this spring.

“The entire university community has rallied to advocate for adequate funding to maintain the tremendous progress of graduation issue of 2025 to ensure authentic access, and to provide fair compensation for our employees,” Storm said.

Gov. Brown’s May 11 state budget revision projected state revenues that were $9 billion greater than projected in January.

The CSU budget plan included a request for one-time funding to help with the deferred maintenance backlog and were given $100 million of one-time funding to help the universities.

In January, the governor proposed a $92 million recurring increase for CSU.

On May 11, it was confirmed that the governor did not propose any changes towards the $92 million increase.

The increase resulted in a budget gap of $171 million for CSU.

Storm said that unless the budget gap closed, graduation initiatives will slow, course offerings will decrease, faculty and staff hiring will decline and student support will be diminished.

Many assembly members and senators have expressed serious support for the CSU budget request in budget hearings, becoming a top priority.

Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon said CSU has made the case for more funding clear and the state must address those needs in the final budget.

In early June, the governor, speaker and pro tem will meet and negotiate a final budget agreement.

In the meantime, CSU Board of Trustees will continue to employ advocacy strategies that will anticipate positively the decisions of the legislature and the governor.

The CSU community is encouraged to push state lawmakers to choose #chooseCSU and to emphasize a sufficient budget plan for the 2018-19 academic year.

The next meeting will be July 24 and July 25.

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