CFA GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE WEEKLY REPORT
"BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE CONVENES"
2002 EDITION - Issue No. 15
June 7, 2002

CONTENTS:


BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE CONVENES - CONSIDERS ADDITIONAL CSU
CUTS TO HELP CLOSE $25 BILLION STATE BUDGET DEFICIT

The Joint Budget Conference Committee began hearings this week to
try and formulate a state budget proposal that can receive the
necessary two-thirds vote approval of the Assembly and Senate.
The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) has developed a list of
budget reduction, and revenue enhancement options totaling $5.8
billion. The LAO's proposed changes for the CSU budget include
increasing resident student fees by 10 percent (+ $35.6 million)
and nonresident student fees by 15 percent (+ $11.8 million);
increasing the student/faculty ratio by 0.5 FTES 
(- $18.7 million); delaying employee salary increases by six
months (- $18.9 million, although such an action would be illegal
with an existing contract in place); reducing the administrative
budget by 5 percent (- $29.2 million); eliminating the
advertising budget for CalTeach (- $4 million); and capping the
student special-admit rate at two percent (- $13.6 million).

CFA advocates are working to protect the CSU budget from
additional cuts that would adversely impact instructional and
student service programs. The Conference Committee is expected to
complete its deliberations sometime next week.


HEARINGS BEGIN ON DRAFT MASTER PLAN REPORT

CFA was requested to provide testimony at Capitol hearings that
began on various aspects of the initial draft report of the
Master Plan for Education - Kindergarten through University. In
its comments, CFA testified on the need for the state to provide
stable funding to counter the "boom and bust" funding provided
the CSU that has, at times, created unrealistic expectations and
unrealized potential. Additionally, CFA stressed the necessary
role of faculty in protecting the academic integrity of the
University and to ensure that "teaching" responsibilities are not
sacrificed in the name of "corporate or profit-motive" intents.

CFA reiterated its support to increase the numbers of full-time
instructors, especially with individuals from underrepresented
groups by expanding forgivable loans and teaching fellowship
programs.  CFA also stated the need to close the faculty salary
gap, and encouraged the Committee to include other incentives to
alleviate the state's high cost-of-living, such as providing
funding for faculty housing costs and childcare needs. CFA also
stated its support of efforts to establish a higher ratio of
full-time equivalent faculty who are tenure-track and tenured.
[CFA is working collaboratively with the CSU administration and
Academic Senate to implement such a plan in response to
CFA-sponsored ACR 73 (Strom-Martin) that was approved last year
by the Legislature.]

Regional hearings also began this week, with stops in San Diego
and Los Angeles. Several CFA members attended each of the
hearings and provided the panel with feedback.  An additional
hearing has been scheduled to take place in Fresno and other
hearings are in the works for Bakersfield and Orange County.
Contact CFA Legislative Advocate David Stammerjohan at the GR
office at (916) 441-4848 or email him at gro@calfac.org for more
information. Currently scheduled hearings include:

June 21st from 9:45am - 12:00pm at the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
June 21st from 11:00am - 2:00pm at the Satellite Student Union, CSU Fresno.
June 27th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm at the cafeteria, Santa Clarita Community College
June 28th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm at Person Theater, Sonoma State University.
June 28th from 3:00pm - 7:00pm at Harbeson Hall, Pasadena City College.

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