Governor Signs Key Budget Bills
On July 13, the Governor signed SB 129, one of the main bills enacting the FY 21-22 budget. With this action, and his signature of AB 128 previously, we now have framework for most of the budget. Additional work continues on bills to implement various budget appropriations and new/expanded programs.
Facilities highlights in the approved budget include:
$8.2 million for 9 new capital outlay projects (preliminary plans and working drawings) and $573.2 million got 32 continuing projects (construction).
$2 billion for the new “Capacity and Affordable Student Housing Fund” to be used over four years to support affordable student housing projects for UC, CSU, and California Community Colleges, as well as support of campus expansions for UC and CSU. Specific program details will be established through legislation enacted later this year.
$511 million for community college deferred maintenance.
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Proposed Higher Education Trailer Bill – AB/SB 132: Deferred Maintenance
We are still awaiting action in the Legislature on the main higher education trailer bill, AB/SB 132. This bill proposes parameters for the $511 million in deferred maintenance funding, which is proposed to be used for:
Scheduled maintenance and special repairs of facilities
Architectural barrier removal projects that meet ADA requirements and seismic retrofit projects limited to $752,000
Water conservation projects
Replacement of instructional equipment and library materials.
Funds shall be available for encumbrance or expenditure until June 30, 2023.
State School Bond Bills
Two state school bond bills are moving through the legislative process: AB 75 (O’Donnell) and SB 22 (Glazer). Both were passed by their houses of origin in early June. This week is the deadline for bills to pass out of policy committee in the second house to remain eligible for passage in 2021. AB 75 and SB 22 will both be parked in the Education Committee of their second house and will not move forward in 2021. This will allow time for further discussion and negotiation between the two houses of the Legislature, the Administration, and stakeholders. Expect further movement in the Legislature in early 2022.
AB 75 would place a $12 billion K-14 school bond on the 2022 ballot.
SB 22 would place a $15.5 billion on the 2022 ballot for K-12, community colleges, UC, and CSU.
AB 306 (O’Donnell) – Workforce Housing Projects
AB 306 (O’Donnell) was fast-tracked during the legislative process this year and has already been signed by the Governor. The bill exempts K-12 and community college workforce/employee residential housing projects from the Field Act and Division of the State Architect (DSA) review. CCFC supported the bill and is pleased with the swift action.
CCFC Legislative Advocate