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May 24, 2010

CSU, Sac State officials go to the Capitol

California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed, Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez and other representatives from the CSU met with legislators today in support of Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2010-2011 proposed budget for higher education. The budget restores a $305 million one-time cut to the CSU’s current budget and includes an additional $60.6 million in funding for CSU’s enrollment growth.

“The reinvestment in higher education is essential for California’s recovery and we appreciate the governor’s continued support,” said Reed. “Our hope is for the legislature’s approval of the budget, so we can begin to restore access and service to students across the system.”

With the timely adoption of the governor’s budget, CSU estimates that it could serve as many as 29,000 more students in 2010-2011.

A recent economic report found that the CSU supports more than 150,000 jobs statewide, annually. If the impact of higher earnings for CSU alumni is included, the number of jobs supported jumps to nearly half a million. The engine driving job creation is more than $17 billion in economic activity that directly results from CSU-related spending that generates $5.43 for every dollar the state invests.

Gonzalez joined Reed and delegations from other CSU campuses to advocate in support of the governor’s latest budget revision.

According to the CSU’s economic impact study, Sacramento State’s impact on the state and the Sacramento region are enormous. Annual spending of $607 million related to Sacramento State generates a total impact of $816 million on the regional economy and more than $1 billion on the statewide economy. This impact sustains nearly 9,000 jobs in the region and statewide.

Related Videos:
Supporting Higher Education: Students Speak Out (May, 2010)
CSU at the State Capitol (April 27, 2010)

For more information, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs Office at (916) 278-6156.