Assemblymember Medina Responds to the Governor’s May Revise

Friday, May 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s revision of the proposed 2018-19 Budget:

“I am disappointed to see that the May Revision of the budget proposal failed to increase funding to support the University of California and California State University. While I appreciate the $100 million allotment of one-time funds to each institution for deferred maintenance, it falls drastically short of the funding needed to sustain our renowned universities in the long run. Failure to fully invest in our institutions of higher education hurts current students and also forces universities to turn away thousands of students who are qualified for admission. This has a dramatically negative impact on California’s economy – a recent study from the California Budget and Policy Center finds that the state 'stands to lose billions in future economic returns by continuing to underfund the UC and CSU.'

While the Governor proposed revisions to the Online Community College and Community College Funding Formula, I am unsure that they will go far enough to address the deep concerns I have expressed during the Budget Review Process. I intend to continue to work with my colleagues to give these significant proposed changes in the May Revision the appropriate oversight, discussion, and review necessary to ensure they best meet the needs of our diverse state.

At a time when California's prosperity is the envy of the world, we must ensure that higher education – the engine that drives our economy – receives the full investment it so desperately needs."