Legislative Updates & Federal Advocacy
We know this is a stressful time and you and your colleges are looking for guidance as it pertains to the legislative process and receiving funding to continue instruction and serve your students. As you lead your college during this time, the League will provide status updates on the current legislative session and ways in which your college can advocate at the federal level.
Legislative and Budget Updates
- Governor Gavin Newsom has issued guidance for state workers to work remotely.
- The California State Capitol has closed its doors to the public.
- The State Legislature extended its legislative recess until May 4, 2020.
- While legislators are planning on following normal legislative deadlines, a re-prioritization of bills to consider will be likely.
- The constitutional deadline of the passage of a state budget by June 15th remains in effect.
- The Assembly Committee on Budget has released changes to the 2020 budget process.
To receive a full update on important legislative and policy updates, please join League staff for our monthly Government Relations Webinar. For past webinar recordings and PowerPoint presentations, click here.
Every Third Tuesday of the Month, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Telephone Number: (646) 876-9923 or (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 623 780 059
Be sure to register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.
The CARES Act: What California Community Colleges Need to Know
Originally published in the League's Blog
Last week Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2.2 trillion stimulus package intended to alleviate economic distress during the current Coronavirus pandemic and economic downturn. It is the largest stimulus package ever passed and it is worth roughly 10% of the United State’s GDP.
The stimulus package primarily focuses on increasing unemployment benefits, providing direct aid to individuals, and granting loans to distressed businesses. The appropriation touches on nearly every sector of the economy, including higher education. The legislation will provide roughly $14 billion for colleges and our students and provides some regulatory relief.
It should be noted that higher education advocates do not believe that this level of funding will be enough to adequately support our institutions and students during this time of crisis. Community college advocates should expect to be ready to advocate for a fourth round of a stimulus package that will include an increased level of funding so our colleges can continue to educate our students. Continue reading...