Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León, center, stands with CSU presidents and representatives during CSU Budget Advocacy Day. (Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone) View more CSU Budget Advocacy Day photos here.

The Governor, Assembly and Senate have all recommended that the final budget act include more funding for the CSU.  Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision includes an additional $38 million. The Assembly-approved budget includes an additional $97 million, and the Senate-approved budget includes an additional $199 million.  These recommended allocations would be in addition to the $119.5 million identified in the Governor’s multi-year funding plan.  While no firm decisions have been rendered about the university’s final funding allocation for 2015-16, these initial signs are favorable and point to the likelihood of the CSU securing additional funding in the final budget act.  Campus and system advocacy efforts are credited with generating this overwhelming recognition of the CSU’s funding needs by legislative leadership.


As part of a multi-faceted advocacy effort that has included letter writing, eAdvocacy messages, social media, legislative visits, and door signs proclaiming #StandwithCSU, campus teams canvassed the Capitol earlier this week with messages about the value of investing in the CSU.  Through the collective efforts of the campus presidents, State Relations and campus legislative liaisons, student leaders of the California State Student Association (CSSA), labor leaders, and 83 lawmakers have committed to “stand with  CSU” in the final round of budget negotiations.  These lawmakers will advocate for full funding of the Board of Trustees’ Support Budget Request which is $97.1 million above the state allocation provided in the Governor’s January budget proposal.  Building upon the foundational advocacy work that has been non-stop since February, the campus teams, led by campus presidents and other campus leaders, articulated campus funding needs relating to enrollment growth, capital improvements/facilities, and student success initiatives to increase graduation rates.

If fully funded, the Support Budget Request would grow enrollments for spring 2016 and academic year 2016-17 and enable the university to hire more tenure-track faculty and academic advisors, expand programs and services that increase student completion rates, and fund facility improvements and technology upgrades.

On June 4, CSU supporters in the Legislature will don special socks embroidered with #StandwithCSU to reinforce their commitment to fully fund the Support Budget Request.

Budget negotiations will peak over the coming weeks with the Governor approving a final budget sometime in June.

To add your support for the CSU receiving additional state funding, use #StandwithCSU on social media.