Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mid-Year Cuts for California Community Colleges

Yesterday, Governor Brown and the Department of Finance announced that revenues for the 2011-12 fiscal year were estimated to fall $2.2 billion below the budget assumptions made in June.  Per statutory agreement reached by the Legislature and the Governor with the passage of the 2011 Budget Act, this shortfall will “trigger” both the Tier 1 and Tier 2 current year reductions outlined in statute and detailed in earlier communications.  For the California Community Colleges, the impacts are as follows:
  • A $102 million reduction to base apportionments.
  • A fee increase from $36 to $46 per unit commencing in the summer of 2012.
These economic conditions are precisely when California should be investing more in the education of its citizens, using reserves set aside for such purposes in the good times.  Frustrating.

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