March 12, 2008

Forum to focus on budget cuts

Sacramento State will hold an all-campus meeting on the state budget at noon, Tuesday, March 18 in the University Theatre in Shasta Hall. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and members of the administration will develop strategies designed to move state elected officials to reduce or eliminate proposed cuts to the California State University system. For the hearing impaired, an interpreter will be provided on stage.

Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez will be joined by Associated Students President Christina Romero, Faculty Senate Chair Bruce Bikle, Sacramento State Alumni Association President Sam Starks, California Faculty Association chapter president Lila Jacobs, and representatives from unions representing campus employees and others who are part of an Alliance for the CSU.

The University-wide Assembly is part of a larger system-wide effort to address the impact of a proposed $386 million budget reduction to the 23-campus system. Participants will be encouraged to mobilize the public and contact their state representatives and Gov. Schwarzenegger, urging them to consider alternative solutions to the state’s fiscal challenges.

Concerns for the campus include potential restrictions on student access in the form of limits on enrollment, larger class sizes, reduced student support and potentially higher student fees. System-wide, the proposed cuts are estimated to force campuses to turn away 10,000 students, particularly those from underserved communities, and limit enrollment to 2007-08 levels. 

The impact could also be significant in the Capital Region, where Sacramento State graduates the majority of the area’s teachers, nurses and engineers, as well as many of the employees who keep state government functioning. One of 26 area residents is a Sacramento State alumnus.

In addition to providing the Region’s workforce, the campus generates a total impact of more than $930 million on the regional economy. This sustains more than 16,000 jobs in the region, and generates nearly $52 million per year in tax revenue.

Media assistance is available by contacting the Sacramento State public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.