On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his initial 2018-19 budget proposal. And when it came to higher education, the California State University system was disappointed. Brown proposed an increase of $92.1 million for CSU, which amounts to 1.4 percent of the university's operating budget.
Cal State University officials say the proposed funding increase for the CSU system just isn't enough to provide for students who are enrolled. and that it won't create enough space to allow more qualified students to attend.
Professor William Tierney is with the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He spoke with A Martinez about where CSU goes from here.
" I think it's important to recognize this is the start of a budget process, not the end," Tierney said. "The chancellor was quick to point out they want more."
Governor Brown's rainy day fund can be seen as a ripe pool from which to take money; however, Professor Tierney explained why holding onto that money is so necessary.
"Those of us of who look at higher ed, who are involved in higher education in California over the last 20 years, ask, 'What is the most important thing that happened, positive or negative?'
There's no question that the recession just created havoc for everybody and what the governor is saying is, 'I never want that to happen again.'"
Wednesday's budget is only preliminary. It isn't a done deal, so things could change.