Public Affairs

CSU to Detail Consequences of 'All Cuts' Budget at Senate Hearing

April 13, 2011

Education leaders will testify before the state Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee tomorrow in Sacramento during an informational hearing to review the impacts of further budget cuts to K-12 and higher education.

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee will explore the implications of an all-cuts state budget for K-12 and higher education, and will receive input from education and a panel of business leaders.

Robert Turnage, CSU assistant vice chancellor of budget, will discuss how the CSU plans to address the already-approved $500 million budget cut, and potential impacts if state funding for the system is cut further. CSU has already indicated it would be forced to dramatically cut enrollment and raise tuition among other measures if the state goes beyond the half billion reduction. Officials from the California community Colleges, University of California and various education developmental organizations will also testify in front of the committee.

Governor Brown’s 2011-12 budget reduces higher education’s funding by at least $1.4 billion, including the minimum cut of $500 million to the CSU. Unless increased state revenues become part of the solution to address the state's $26 billion deficit, the budget cut to the CSU could approach $1 billion - more than 35 percent of the total funding the system currently receives from the state.

The hearing is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m., and the Senate Floor Session will be live on the California Channel.