February Meeting Reminder

January 25, 2011

Please remember that Monday, February 7th, will be our next meeting. The site will be at the ESC, and please meet in the middle conference room. Our meeting will begin at 5:15 pm.

The initial re-opener proposal will be presented,  and is subject for approval by bargaining unit members.

Site Reps can start meeting at 4:45 for Q&A, or just for advice and support.

The ESC is located at 4999 Casa Loma Avenue in the city of Yorba Linda.

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Governor Brown Declares Fiscal Emergency

January 21, 2011

Yesterday, under the authority provided under Proposition 58, Governor Brown declared a fiscal emergency effectively superseding the proclamation issued in December by the previous administration.  The new declaration allows Governor Brown to replace the previous administration’s partial budget solution with his own plan to solve the $26.4 budget deficit which includes a June special election to ask voters for a five year extension of temporary taxes approved as part of the 2009-10 budget.

In his proclamation, Governor Brown states that “decisive action is required to solve that state’s persistent and sever budget problems, continue economic recovery, promote job growth and preserve public education and the quality of life for all Californians.”

Under Proposition 58, the Legislature is encouraged to pass measures to address the fiscal emergency within 45 days of the Governor’s declaration.  Both the Senate and Assembly have scheduled committee hearings beginning next week to review and analyze Governor Brown’s budget proposal.

What’s Next?  

The Legislature has 45 days to address the fiscal emergency.  The legislature may approve the Governor’s budget or they may adopt their own solutions, but they must submit their budget within the required 45 days.

CSEA and the Education Coalition are working with the Governor and the Legislature to move the temporary tax extension to the ballot and caution that further cuts in funding will devastate California’s schools.  

If you wish to comment or would like additional information, please contact: Dave Low, Acting Executive Director, Jai Sookprasert, Assistant Director, Governmental Relations; Dolores Duran-Flores, Legislative Advocate; Steve Henderson, Legislative Advocate; Joshua Golka, Legislative Advocate, 1127 11th Street, Suite. 346, Sacramento, California  95814.  Toll Free: (800) 867-2026.

Distribution: Board of Directors; Alternate Area Directors; Chapter Presidents; Chapter Political Action Chairpersons; Chapter Communications Officers, Regional Representatives; Assistant Regional Representatives; Chairpersons and Members, Standing Committees; Political Action Coordinators; Retiree Political Action Coordinators; Regional Public Relations Officers; Retiree Unit Executive Board; All Staff.

Allyson Holt
CSEA Chapter President,
PYLUSD 293
RPAC, Region 22, Area H


Brown’s Budget Proposal Spares K-12 Education

January 19, 2011

From CSEA News

1/12/11

SACRAMENTO — On Monday, Governor Brown introduced his budget proposal to address the state’s $25.4 billion budget deficit.  Brown called the proposal “a tough budget for tough times.”

In stark contrast to the approach taken by Governor Schwarzenegger, and in recognition of the $18 billion in cuts education programs have taken over the last three years, Governor Brown’s proposal spares K-12 education funding from any additional cuts contingent on voters approving an extension of temporary taxes that are set to expire in July. 

“Schools have borne the brunt of spending reductions in recent years, so this budget maintains funding at the same level as the current year,” Brown said.

Just last week, new State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson declared a “financial state of emergency” in California’s schools, saying that $18 billion in cuts over the last three years are taking their toll.

To help ease the school funding crisis, Brown has offered a balanced approach to the budget with $12 billion in revenues, $12.5 billion in cuts, $1.9 billion in “other solutions” and a $1 billion reserve. He will also ask voters approve a five-year extension of temporary taxes in a June special election. If voters do not pass the temporary tax extension, Proposition 98 will be cut by an additional $2 billion.

“We appreciate Governor Brown’s frank and open dialogue on California’s budget and his willingness to propose solutions that would spare schools from further drastic cuts,” said Association President Allan Clark.

While K-12 fares well under the proposal, community colleges and higher education face deep cuts in funding and raised fees for students. Community colleges face a $400 million cut and an increase in fees from $26 per unit to $36. Two months ago, the chancellors and trustees of community colleges agreed in principle to support fee increases tied to inflation, as long as additional revenues were kept in the community college system, and not diverted into the state’s general fund.

Next Steps

The Governor has adopted an aggressive plan and is working with the Legislature to adopt the statutory changes proposed in his budget within 60 days or by March 1st. The timeline is intended to adopt the statutory changes necessary to implement the program cuts measure and place the extension of the temporary taxes on the June special election ballot. Once the results of the special election are known, the appropriate changes and adjustments will be made for legislative review and approval by the Governor. 

CSEA and the Education Coalition will continue to work with the Governor and the Legislature to move the temporary tax extension to the ballot and ensure that they understand that any further cuts will devastate California’s education system.

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A Meeting Reminder

January 3, 2011

Please remember that Monday, January 10th, will be our next meeting. The location will be at the ESC in the large conference room. Our meeting will begin at 5:15 pm. This is our first meeting of the new year.

Site Reps can start meeting at 4:45 for Q&A, or just for advice and support.

The ESC is located at 4999 Casa Loma Avenue in the city of Yorba Linda.

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