Thursday, February 21, 2008

CSU in the Legislative Analyst's Alternative Budget

The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) proposes an alternative to the Governor's budget plan. The LAO describes it this way:

In contrast to the administration’s across-the-board reduction budget–balancing approach that fails to prioritize state spending, we offer an alternative approach for the Legislature's consideration. By making more targeted reductions; eliminating or modifying ineffectiveness or nonessential programs; and adding ongoing revenue solutions, we believe this approach offers the Legislature a better foundation to begin crafting a 2008–09 budget that focuses on essential services.
Here are the CSU parts of the Higher Education section of the "Expenditure Details" document (in millions):
California State University (CSU)—Reduce 5 percent base increase to 1.5 percent.101.2
CSU—Reduce enrollment growth from 2.5 percent to 1.6 percent.22.0
CSU—Increase student fees by 10 percent, and use revenue as General Fund solution.108.7
CSU—Increase institutional financial aid to cover increased student need resulting from LAO proposed fee increase.-28.5
CSU—Reduce administrative support spending by 10 percent (Governor's budget-balancing reductions).43.2
Rationale: See the "LAO Alternative Budget for Higher Education" write-up in the "Education" chapter of this year's Analysis.

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