Recognition of California Taxpayers for Their Support in Funding the CSU
That the ASCSU encourage the campus Senates, campus Advancement/Philanthropy Offices, and the Chancellor’s Office to find ways to frequently and visibly acknowledge the critical and fundamental role of the taxpayer in funding the CSU on donor walls, websites, advancement brochures, and other places that also recognize private donor philanthropy; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, CSU Vice Chancellor of University Relations & Advancement, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs, CSU campus Vice Presidents of Advancement/Philanthropy, California Faculty Association (CFA), California State Student Association (CSSA), CSU Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (CSU-ERFA).
RATIONALE: Funding for the CSU comes from a combination of sources including tuition and fees, gifts and donations, federal funding, and private funding. All of these sources are important, but traditionally the largest source of funding has come from California’s taxpayers. Recognition of the taxpayer funding, however, is rarely acknowledged in meaningful ways on campus.
The percent of State funding for the CSU has fallen recently and it seems likely that funding per pupil will continue to decline. It is very important for California voters to tell California legislators and the Governor how much they desire increased and continued funding for the CSU. There is a general “low tax” sentiment that exists nationally. The public’s desire for lower taxes means, however, that there is less public funding for things that the electorate highly desires. For example, agencies, such as Cal Trans, have begun to educate the public and one sees “your taxpayer dollars hard at work” posted along many roadsides.
The ASCSU believes that this is a “teachable moment” for California citizens, residents, and legislators. Current students and parents of current students may not be aware of the level of State support for the CSU. While alumni and private individual and business donations are often made for “visible” projects like new buildings, less visible but critical items such as professors, classroom maintenance, and teaching supplies are typically paid for by state funding. It is in the long-term economic interest of the State that the public understand its important role in funding public higher education.
Approved – January 21-22, 2016