FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2007
CA Governor’s May Revise Still Does Not Meet HACU’s Expectations
SACRAMENTO, CA – While pleased overall with Governor Schwarzenegger’s investments in higher education in the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2007-08 in California, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) still expresses disappointment with the lack of funding in specific areas of the budget May revise.
On the positive side, HACU applauds the Governor’s continued commitment to the Community College System, including Career Technical Education (CTE) funding, as well as enhanced funding for nursing programs. HACU also looks forward to another year of fully funded equalization for the community college system. In addition, HACU is pleased that the Governor lived up to the compacts signed with the
Unfortunately, according to HACU officials, Governor Schwarzenegger’s May revise budget was released still containing the cuts in funding to Student Academic Preparation and Education Programs, as were initially proposed in January. The Governor removed $7 million from the California State University System and $19.3 million from the
“It is of essence that the State invest in its youth today, which will lead to a better tomorrow with an educated population. As the deadline to pass a balanced budget approaches, we hope the Governor and the Legislature will make students’ educational success a priority in the 2007-08 budget. We strongly urge the Legislature to fully fund the academic preparation programs at the CSU and UC systems, and to fully fund the needs of the higher education segments as a whole,” said Flores,.
HACU represents more than 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the