Once again ACCCA has had the privilege of working with our partners at the Chancellor's Office, CCLC (the Community College League of California) and ACBO (the Association of Chief Business Officials) to collaborate on the 2021-22 Joint Analysis of the Governor's Budget Proposal distributed this afternoon. We encourage you to use this document to help gain some insights into the budget process ahead, and to take advantage of the upcoming ACCCA/ACBO Budget Workshop on January 20. If you have specific questions about the analysis, please reach out and we will be happy to provide any information we can.
~ Your friends at ACCCA
January 15, 2021
Governor Newsom Unveils His 2021–22 Budget Proposal
Last Friday, January 8, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposal for the 2021–22 State Budget. ACCCA collaborated with the Chancellor’s Office, ACBO, and the League in a joint analysis of the budget that can be found here.
The release of last week’s 2021–22 Governor’s Budget proposal kicks off the months-long State Budget process. The first legislative hearing on the Governor’s Budget took place on Monday with the Assembly Budget Committee receiving a high-level overview from representatives of the Department of Finance and Legislative Analyst’s Office. The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee’s overview hearing took place on Thursday. State Budget trailer bills, which provide the details and mechanics of the Budget proposals, are generally not available until early February.
Over the next several months, the Legislature will delve into the proposal and discuss their own funding priorities. Governor Gavin Newsom will negotiate with members of the Legislature, and we will likely see many changes to the 2021–22 Governor’s Budget before the June 15 constitutional deadline for the Legislature to pass the Budget.
Legislative Session Gets Underway
While most of the attention has been on the 2021–22 Governor’s Budget proposal, the legislative session is gearing up. Legislators have already introduced the following bills of interest to the California Community Colleges:
- Assembly Bill (AB) 75 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach) would place a K–14 statewide school bond on the 2022 ballot to fund the construction and modernization of education facilities
- AB 102 (Holden) would remove the 2027 sunset date on the College and Career Access Pathways partnerships program, thereby making the program permanent
- AB 245 would require the California Community Colleges to update a former student’s records and to reissue specified documents to include the student’s updated legal name or gender, if requested. Commencing with the 2023–24 graduating class, the bill would require an institution to provide an option for a graduating student to request that the diploma to be conferred by the institution list the student’s chosen name.
- Senate Bill (SB) 22 (Glazer, D-Orinda) would place a preschool, K–12, and college facilities bond on the 2022 ballot to provide $15 billion in funding to construct and modernize education facilities
- SB 205 would require an academic or classified community college employee who exhausts all available sick leave and continues to be absent from duties on account of illness or accident for an additional period of five months to receive the employee’s full salary during those five months
Neither legislative houses have yet to schedule their bill hearings, which normally begin in February. Stay tuned as more bills are introduced leading up to the February 19 bill introduction deadline.