Legislative Conference Committee Adopts Budget Plan

In an effort to meet the Governor’s timeline to pass a budget, the Legislative Conference Committee adopted a budget plan yesterday that includes a balanced mix of cuts and revenues to close the $26.5 deficit and provide a $1.1 billion reserve.  Specifically, the Conference Committee’s budget has $12.5 billion in cuts, $12 billion in revenues and $3.2 billion in other solutions to address the $27.7 billion budget deficit. The Conference Committee spending plan embraces the Governors budget priorities, including:

  • Protects K-12 Education from devastating cuts on top of the massive cuts of recent years;
  • Makes very tough cuts to all other areas of the budget, including the elimination of Redevelopment Agencies, cutting CalWORKs to 48 months and slashing grant levels, and cutting higher education by $1.4 billion;
  • Realigns Governmental services to the local level; and
  • Requires temporary extension of current revenues to be approved by the voters.

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CSEA First VP Michael Bilbrey for CalPERS

CalPERS ballots due, vote Bilbrey

 Ballots for the Member-At-Large Position B representative on the CalPERS Board of Administration are due May 20, 2011. Be sure to send in your ballot, and be sure to vote for Michael Bilbrey!

From Michael to Members of CalPERS:

I have been a classified school employee working at Citrus College for 22 years. As a CSEA member leader for the past 18 years, I have helped to ensure that workers are treated fairly, listened to and respected. During these difficult times, I will work to ensure that all CalPERS members’ concerns are heard and addressed.

Today, more than ever, we need stability, evenhandedness and well-reasoned decision-making in order to ensure that pension funds are invested wisely, benefits are delivered promptly and CalPERS is best positioned to meet our challenges for decades to come.

If elected, I promise to:

  • Protect your defined benefit pensions
  • Preserve and improve healthcare
  • Increase openness, transparency and input from members of CalPERS
  • Be accessible and listen to members

Ballots will be mailed on April 21.

Please vote for Michael Bilbrey
for the At Large Seat of the CalPERS Board of Administration

The Reopeners of Negotiations

We are now in our negotiation reopeners. Current negotiations are going well. Your CSEA 293 negotiating team met with the District on Tuesday of this week. As voted upon by the chapter membership, the reopener items are:

  1. Promotions
  2. Transfers
  3. Evaluations

The next negotiations meeting will be March 9, 2011, an update will follow. We will continue to give updates as they become available.

Thanks for your support!!!