Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Talking Points for Lobby Day

Vicky McLeod, Chair of the CSUEU Legislative Committee, has sent out a tentative list of talking points and a tentative agenda for Lobby Day. Both of these may change when the Legislative Committee meets on Sunday. CSUEU Lobby Day is March 3-4, 2008.

Talking points (tentative):
The Economy: Higher Education is part of the solution to a troubled economy. Cuts to the CSU undermine California’s economy and revenue to the state.
  • Every dollar the State invests in the CSU directly generates $4.41 in spending per year.
  • In 2003, the CSU, students, and graduates generated $3.11 billion in tax revenue.
  • Cuts to the CSU will reduce Staff retention and undermine trained staff, which in turn reduces services to students.
  • The CSU suffered layoffs from prior fiscal cuts and remaining Staff absorbed responsibilities of retirees and non-filled positions.
  • Between 1985-2004, the number of students in the CSU increased by 25%. The number of faculty members increased by 18%. The number of management employees increased by a staggering 65%. Yet, the number of employees represented by CSUEU increased by only 3%.
  • The CSU campuses (23) generate more than 200,000 jobs.
  • The CSU educates the bulk of California’s work force in key industries.
    (% of degrees granted in California)
    87% of teachers87% of social workers
    51% of engineers82% of public administrators
    64% of nurses65% of business professionals
    89% of criminal justice52% of agricultural professionals
    (police and firefighters)44% of life scientists
  • The CSU is the largest education system in the United States, which graduates nearly 90,000 students each year.
  • The CSU awards bachelor’s degrees.
    % of degrees granted in California
    58% of Latinos53% of Native Americans
    52% of African Americans45% of White/Caucasians
    39% of Asians and Pacific Islanders
  • The CSU has not recovered from the $500 million budget cut from 2002-05.
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