CFA GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE WEEKLY REPORT
2002 EDITION - Issue No. 24
August 16, 2002

CONTENTS:

PRESIDENT MEISENHELDER TESTIFIES ON SECOND DRAFT OF MASTER PLAN

On Tuesday, August 13, CFA President Susan Meisenhelder testified before the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education - Kindergarten through University. The hearing, held at the State Capitol, provided interested parties the opportunity to comment on the second draft of the plan. In her testimony, President Meisenhelder pushed for revisions in the plan that would make explicit the need for faculty involvement in certain areas of policy development. In addition, President Meisenhelder reiterated CFA's concern that efforts to ensure accountability must not ignore the significance of tracking inputs, as well as outcomes. The final plan is expected to be complete by the end of this month.

AB 2549 (NATION) UPDATE- CFA LECTURERS' RETIREMENT BILL

It is likely that AB 2549 will be voted on by the Senate Appropriations Committee, Monday, August 19. In anticipation of the bill passing out of the Legislature, CFA is working with members of the Governor's staff to secure the Governor's signature. We are also unfolding a grassroots campaign to persuade the Governor to sign the bill. Next week several of CFA's "faculty lobbyists" will be meeting with the Governor's Regional Directors in Los Angeles and San Francisco to make the case for AB 2549. Stay alert for more information regarding our grassroots effort.

BUDGET IMPASSE (AND BUDGET RUMORS) CONTINUE

On day 46 of the state budget stalemate, the Assembly appears no closer to reaching an agreement than it did a month ago. Although there seems to be no shortage of opinions as to when a state budget will be approved, a majority of pundits predict there will not be a budget agreement until after the November elections (due to an effort by Assembly Republicans to embarrass Governor Gray Davis and provide a lift for campaign-troubled Republican challenger Bill Simon).

A new rumor emerged around the Capitol corridors this week. President George Bush is scheduled to participate in three fundraisers for Bill Simon on August 24th. It is rumored that President Bush is now hesitant to publicly support the GOP candidate for governor after recent revelations tied Simon's corporation to fraud convictions and a multi-million dollar fine. This has put the Bush campaign in a potentially embarrassing position: How does Bush rally against corporate corruption at the same time he's campaigning for someone who was found guilty of such corruption? If the President decides not to attend Simon's scheduled fundraising events later this month, it is rumored Assembly Republican opposition will fold overnight and approval of a budget will soon follow, just days before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn.

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