The Legislature is in the process of reviewing the Governor’s community college capital outlay budget proposal, and we need your help. While legislators have voiced support for funding additional projects in the 2018-19 budget, they need to hear from you in order to make this issue a priority in budget negotiations.
Contact the Legislature – Template Letter
CCFC is asking all members, both community college districts and associates, to contact the legislature and request funding for all 14 projects recommended by the Chancellor’s Office. Use the link below for a template letter, and be sure to send a copy to your own legislative representatives. It is critically important that legislators hear from their constituents to understand the importance of this issue.
The letter asks the legislature to preserve the capital outlay program and respect the expertise of the Chancellor’s Office and Board of Governors in identifying the state’s priorities for community college capital outlay, rather than allow the Department of Finance to pick winners and losers. Those with future competitive projects can help make the case to preserve the program for subsequent funding rounds.
Click here for the Contact the Legislature Letter Template
April Letter and Senate Subcommittee Hearing
In January, the Governor’s budget proposed to fund preliminary plans for only 5 of the 14 projects recommended by the Chancellor’s Office. In an April Letter, the Department of Finance requested to fund one additional project (Imperial Valley College: Academic Buildings Modernization) and to provide funding for working drawings in addition to the preliminary plans funding for the five projects previously identified in the January budget proposal.
Both education finance budget subcommittees have held initial hearings on the capital outlay proposal. The Assembly Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance met on March 21, 2018, and the Senate Subcommittee No. 1 on Education met on April 12, 2018. Both committees expressed concern with the Governor’s proposal and indicated an interest in funding additional projects. Legislators were aware that rising construction costs will reduce purchasing power, and they questioned the Administration’s approach of funding only projects with a significant life-safety component. Both committees deferred action on the item until after the May Revision is released in mid-May, at which time the Governor provides an updated budget proposal based on revised revenue projections.
We very much appreciate the recognition and detailed analysis that this issue is receiving in the budget conversation. However, we need our members to assist us by contacting the legislature so that our representatives understand how significant this issue is for the community college system.
We will discuss the politics and the process in more detail at CCFC Regional Workshops on May 18 at Coast CCD and May 24 at Mission College.
CCFC Legislative Advocate
Useful Email Addresses and Links:
Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins - email@example.com
Kimberly Rodriguez, Office of Sen. Atkins - firstname.lastname@example.org
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon - email@example.com
Monica Henestroza, Office of Asm. Rendon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Holly Mitchell, Chair, Senate Budget Committee - email@example.com
Assembly Member Philip Ting, Chair, Assembly Budget Committee - firstname.lastname@example.org
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