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ERIC Number: ED480354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges and the State Budget: The Nuts and Bolts.
Lay, Scott
iJournal, n5 May 2003
This article provides insight into the California state budget process and gives an overview of California's growing deficit. The author examines the decline in personal income gained from stock options and capital gains as a means of illustrating the economic factors that resulted in a $28 billion deficit. Next, the author turns his attention to the Governor's 2003-04 budget proposal, which would reduce funding by $528 million from the level, provided in the budget enacted the previous September. This is represents a 10.4% reduction. In addition, the Governor proposes cutting $821 million in State General Fund Support. This would be partially offset by student fee revenue ($149 million) and local property tax ($144 million), resulting in a net $528 million cut. From a policy standpoint, the budget's most significant proposal is an 8.5% "downsizing" of the community colleges. The Governor's budget acknowledges that 118% (from $11 to $24) fee increase and reduced course sections will invariably reduce enrollment. The remainder of the article consists of the author's assessment of how the Governor's proposed budget cuts will impact California's community colleges and a discussion of Proposition 98, a constitutional guarantee of a minimum level of funding for K-12 and community colleges. (RC)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: N/A