Friday, May 12, 2023

Community College League of California Responds to Governor Newsom’s 2023-24 May Revision 

SACRAMENTO, CA – This morning, California Governor Gavin Newsom released the May Revision to his initial budget proposal for the 2023-24 fiscal year. In response, representatives from the Community College League of California issued the following statements: 

Amidst a $31.5 billion shortfall in overall state revenues, Governor Newsom's proposed increase in the Cost-of-Living Adjustment for California Community Colleges reflects our critical role in serving communities through economic and civic development. We deeply appreciate the Governor and legislature for their tremendous support of our efforts, and most importantly, our students. As we work with lawmakers in the next few weeks, we hope to maximize opportunities in the budget to assure that quality, affordable, and equitable higher education remains at the forefront of California's priorities. 
Andra Hoffman, President, California Community College Trustees (CCCT) Board  

Today’s May Revised Budget Plan underscores the Governor’s unwavering commitment to California Community Colleges, and we are extremely grateful for his support. On the local level, we must address the appalling crisis that one in five students experiences homelessness or housing insecurity. We appreciate the Governor's proposed $450 million for this year and another $95.4 million next year for student housing and we encourage lawmakers to make this a high priority moving forward. 
 Jose Fierro, Ph.D., D.V.M., President, Chief Executive Officers of the California Community College (CEOCCC) Board  

California Community College leadership respects the Governor’s realistic approach to declining revenue and significant uncertainty. We strongly encourage the Administration and legislature to more energetically and expansively provide our CCC district and college leadership with enhanced flexibility to help meet the goals outlined in the Roadmap and transform our institutions for the benefit of the students and communities that we serve. 
Larry Galizio, Ph.D., President & CEO, Community College League of California 

Watch the Governor’s press conference on the proposed budget on YouTube. For a summary of legislative items relating to California’s Community Colleges, visit the League’s Advocacy webpages.  

For a deeper dive into the May Revised Budget Plan and its impact on California Community Colleges, join the League’s Government Relations Team webinar on Tuesday, May 16 at 11:00 a.m. Please register in advance.