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By turns angry and tearful, hundreds of people testified at the state Capitol on Monday about proposed budget cuts that would fundamentally reshape California’s education system, and not for the better in their opinions.
The daylong hearing before a bipartisan legislative committee brought together an array of Californians, from mothers of disabled kids who said their children would fall behind without state subsidized educational services to the leaders of the state’s three major systems of higher education, who warned of significant student fee hikes, the elimination of scholarships and the turning away of tens of thousands of prospective students.
Speakers said these and other grim outcomes would result from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposals to trim billions of dollars in education funding to help offset a $24 billion budget deficit.
The governor told the three higher education leaders in a private meeting Monday that he “regretted” having to seek the cuts, according to Mark Yudof, president of the University of California.
Yudof said that was about all they agreed on.
Charles Reed, chancellor of the 23-campus California State University system, testified that the $481 million in cuts proposed for that system could result in 60,000 fewer students being able to enroll, in addition to fee hikes and an overall reduction in services.
Reed said he is planning to meet with each of the university presidents, including Sonoma State University President Ruben Arminana, on Wednesday to outline a plan.
“Everything is going to be on the table,” Reed said in the hallway outside a Senate conference room where hundreds waited in line to testify. “When you have major reductions, you have to look at everything we can to get through the next three months.”
That includes, he said, not making necessary maintenance repairs. “The roof is gonna leak,” he said.
Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, is presiding over the 10-member committee of Assembly and Senate Democrats and Republicans that over the past two weeks has taken testimony on the governor’s proposed cuts. Public testimony is scheduled to conclude Wednesday, after which the budget committee is planning to debate its response to the proposals.
California Controller John Chiang urged the governor and legislative leaders in a letter Friday to come up with a plan to fix the budget by June 15. If they do not, he said, it will be difficult to arrange loans before the state runs short of cash two weeks later.
“We have a gun to our head given we’re going to run out of cash in July,” Evans said prior to the start of hearings Monday.
Several speakers supported new taxes to avoid some of the cuts. The suggestions included “progressive taxes” in which those who earn more pay more, and a tax on oil extraction.
The governor’s proposed cuts to higher education garnered the largest crowd of the day. Among the proposals are ending Cal Grant scholarships over a four-year period, virtually eliminating state funding for Hastings, a UC law school in San Francisco, and phasing out support of all UC professional schools, including law, business, dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine, as well as the CSU business schools.
Taken as a whole, the changes would seriously diminish California’s reputation for providing world-class public education, critics said.