Today, both the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees held Suspense File hearings. Bills that survived out of the Suspense File will remain in play this year to be further debated and acted upon by the Legislature. These critical fiscal committees advanced or held over 600 bills. Lawmakers now have until September 13 to pass bills before they leave for Interim Recess.


On June 13, the California Legislature presented Governor Gavin Newsom with a 2019-20 spending plan of over $214 billion – a plan which maintained many of the Governor’s January priorities and campaign promises. Subsequent higher education trailer bill language was approved by the Legislature on June 17. Overall, the 2019 Budget Act (AB 190 and SB 73) identified three investment themes: an effective government, promoting affordability and opportunity, and supporting just and dignified treatment for all Californians.


Today, Governor Newsom presented a May Revision against a backdrop of increasing national risks and the inextricable linkage between fiscal resiliency and the state’s ability to promote affordability and economic opportunity. Building on the January Budget proposal, Governor Gavin Newsom identified three investment themes in the May Revision: an effective government, promoting affordability and opportunity, and supporting just and dignified treatment for all Californians.


On April 11, the League released a letter with its analysis and recommendations for the 2019-20 Budget Proposal and the impacts on community college districts. The League also commented on specific proposals within the Governor’s January Budget. Below is the League’s 2019-20 Budget Letter.


In his first budget, Governor Gavin Newsom identified three investment themes: an effective government, promoting affordability and opportunity, and supporting just and dignified treatment for all Californians. The 2019-20 Governor’s Budget embraces and builds upon California Community Colleges’ efforts to create a skilled and educated workforce through responsive educational programs, and quality, affordable transfer education for all Californians.


This morning,  Governor Brown released the final May Revision of his tenure. In doing so, he emphasized his higher education priorities, including two signature proposals - a new fully online community college focused on innovations in online learning and a new student-focused funding formula – both of which maintained prominent investments in the 2018-19 May Revision.


On March 17, the League released a letter with its analysis and recommendations for the 2018-19 Budget Proposal and the impacts on community college districts. The League also commented on specific proposals within the Governor’s January Budget. Below is the League’s 2018-19 Budget Letter.


On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Governor Brown released his 2018-19 state budget proposal – a cautious approach to spending that acknowledges both federal and state economic volatility and uncertainty.


On Tuesday, June 27th, Governor Brown signed a budget agreement that invests $270.2 million over the 2016 Budget Act level in community colleges.


On June 8th, the Assembly and Senate met as part of the Budget Conference Committee. A compromise was reached on the differences between the Assembly and Senate versions of the budget bill and each chamber is expected to on the final version next week.


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