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September 29, 2022
Newsom Signs Budget Bill and Vetoes Part-Time Faculty Bill
The biggest news coming out of Sacramento continues to be the bills that Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law or vetoed and sent back to the Legislature without his signature.
Governor Newsom has until the end of tomorrow, September 30, 2022, to act on the bills sent to him by the Legislature at the end of session. With this deadline rapidly approaching, we have seen Governor Newsom act on legislation at a much quicker pace this week as it is estimated that he had more than 500 measures remaining on his desk when the week began.
While we are still waiting for Governor Newsom to act on many significant education bills, he did sign Assembly Bill (AB) 190 (Committee on Budget, Statues of 2022) this week, which is the higher education clean-up trailer bill. AB 190 makes significant changes to the Part-Time Faculty Health Insurance Program and the Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program and also establishes the California Student Housing Revolving Loan Fund (though funding is contingent upon future appropriations). As a budget bill, the measure takes effect immediately.
Governor Newsom also vetoed AB 1856 (Medina, D-Riverside), which is a bill that ACCCA opposes as it would have redefined a community college part-time faculty course load as not to exceed 85% of the hours of a full-time assignment, rather than not to exceed 67%, would have essentially triggered full-time benefits for part-time temporary faculty teaching a load of 80-85%. While underscoring his support for part-time faculty through the recent infusion of funds for part-time faculty health insurance, Governor Newsom stated that the measure is premature as it is unknown how many community college part-time faculty will benefit from the $200 million now available to districts for the Part-Time Faculty Health Insurance Program.
Next week’s ACCCA Update will include an updated final bill report that will reflect the Governor’s final actions on all the community college bills that we have been tracking throughout the legislative process.
Board of Governors Approves Budget and Legislative Request for 2023-24
On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, the Board of Governors officially approved the 2023-24 System Budget Proposal and Legislative Request document as presented by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, culminating a four-month-long process of gathering input and soliciting feedback from system interest holders.
The larger funding items included in the request are as follows:
- $400 million ongoing to increase Student Centered Funding Formula rates
- $900 million one-time (non-Proposition 98) for student housing construction grants
- $150 million one-time to establish a Childcare Expansion Fund and $80 million ongoing to cover staffing and other ongoing costs
- $150 million one-time in deferred maintenance and instructional equipment
- $70 million ongoing for corequisite supports that use strategies with strong evidence of effectiveness and minimum eligibility criteria
- $60 million ongoing increase to the Disabled Student Programs and Services Program and $20 million one-time to strengthen the support infrastructure for students with disabilities
- $50 million ongoing to support faculty hiring, parity, curriculum development, and office hours
- $30 million ongoing for a technology capacity categorical program
- $15 million ongoing increase to the Schedule 2 Apprenticeship funding
- $10 million ongoing for Financial Aid Support Services
The Budget and Legislative Request also states the intent to seek an undefined amount of non-Proposition 98 funds for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System employer contribution rate relief.
The document will now be presented to the Newsom Administration as they begin to build their 2023-24 State Budget proposal. An interesting theme that we continue to see in Governor Newsom’s veto messages is his attention to lower-than-expected monthly revenues that the state has seen since the May Revision and thus the need to practice fiscal prudence during this uncertain economic time. The fact that Governor Newsom is advising caution on signing any bill with significant fiscal implications as state revenues have come in lower than expected, signals that his Administration will look to practice fiscal restraint when he releases his 2023-24 State Budget proposal in January (assuming he is reelected this November).