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SACRAMENTO – Student leaders, University of California Board of Regents President Mark Yudof and California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott joined Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Marty Block (D-San Diego) at a State Capitol press conference today to voice their support for higher education provisions in the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget.

“Educational opportunity is central to creating the kind of quality, high-paying jobs that will lead California back to a strong and lasting economic recovery,” Pérez said. “This is a budget plan that reflects the values of California by protecting education and preserving the pathway to higher education.”

Last week, Pérez unveiled the Assembly Democrats California Jobs Budget. The new proposal solves California’s budget deficit by creating private sector jobs and preventing economically harmful cuts to schools, public safety and the state’s safety net.

The Assembly Democrats protect higher education the in the California Jobs Budget by:

  • Providing $1 billion to restore recent education cuts
  • Fully funding the UC and CSU to prevent the devastating economic and jobs impact of decimating higher education
  • Protecting access to higher education by reducing the Governor’s student fee hike by 50 percent, which will save UC students $628 and CSU students $202
  • Providing a major increase for community college job training by providing $100 million (400% increase) for the Economic Development Program, which successfully gets unemployed Californians back to work
  • Maintaining and fully funding the state’s historic Cal Grant that ensures low-to-modest income students and families can access California colleges and universities

“I am here to commend the Speaker and the Assembly for recognizing the importance of public higher education in their version of the 2010-11 budget,” Yudof said. “I remain sensitive to the difficult choices that lie ahead, including the potential impact on the State’s social safety net. But I firmly believe that the investment in higher education at this time is particularly important because UC will help lead the way back economically and will help to ensure that these choices are not as drastic in the future.”

“The Assembly budget plan wisely invests in higher education and California’s workforce,” Scott said. “Supporting education and job training programs will put people back to work quickly and help to accelerate California’s economic recovery.”

“Cal Grants provide education and training for over 303,000 California students enrolled in public and private colleges, universities, and career technical schools,” said Diana Fuentes-Michel, California Student Aid Commission Executive Director. “The Commission is pleased to join with Assembly Speaker John Pérez in solidifying legislative support for Cal Grant funding. Access to an affordable college education is vital to the future economic viability of our state.”

Also attending the press conference to show support for higher education provisions in the California Jobs Budget were:

  • Ben Quillian, Executive, Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer of the California State University
  • Roberto Torres, Vice President of the California State Students Association
  • Reid Milburn, President of the Student Senate of the California Community Colleges
  • Victor Sanchez, President of the University of California Students Association
  • Diana Fuentes-Michel, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission
  • Karen Humphrey, Executive Director of the California Postsecondary Education Commission
  • Jonathan Brown, President of the Association of Independent California Colleges & Universities
  • Erica Romero, Western States Director for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director of the Campaign for College Opportunity

To view the California Jobs Budget proposal, which also includes a $10.1 billion jobs and economic stability fund and revenue from California joining other states in charging oil companies a drilling fee, go to http://www.asmdc.org/issues/budget/ and download the California Jobs Budget Information Kit.

Speaker Pérez Discusses How California Jobs Budget Protects Higher Education

(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was joined at a State Capitol news conference by student leaders, University of California Board of Regents President Mark Yudof, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott and Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Marty Block (D-San Diego) to voice their support for higher education provisions in the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget. “Educational opportunity is central to creating the kind of quality, high-paying jobs that will lead California back to a strong and lasting economic recovery,” Pérez said. The Assembly Democrats California Jobs Budget solves California’s budget deficit by creating private sector jobs and preventing economically harmful cuts to schools, public safety and the state’s safety net. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

El Presidente Pérez Discute como el Presupuesto de Trabajos para California Protege a la Educación Superior

(Sacramento) - El Presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) estuvo acompañado en una conferencia de prensa en el Capitolio Estatal por lideres estudiantiles, el presidente de la Universidad de California Mark Yudof, el Asambleísta Marty Block, (D-San Diego) lider del Comite de la Asamblea de Educacion Superior. Todos se unieron para expresar su apoyo a la provisiones en la propuesta presupuestal democrata en la Asamblea para proteger a los colegios y universidades. “ Proveer oportunidades educacionales es algo clave para crear empleos bien pagados y de calidad los cuales pueden ayudar a California a mantenerse firme en el camino de una recuperacion economica fuerte y estable" dijo Pérez. El plan democrata en la asamblea, el Presupuesto de Trabajos para California resuleve el deficit creando empleos en el sector privado y evita recortes a los fondos para la educacion superior, la seguridad publica y programas sociales que ayudan a los mas vulnerables en el estado.

Below are links to audio from today’s event:

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez’s opening remarks at today’s news conference. (1:53) mp3

Victor Sanchez, President of the University of California Students Association, says students have already suffered through huge fee increases and funding cutbacks. (:08) mp3

Roberto Torres, Vice President of the California State Students Association, says it’s a proven fact that education spending benefits the California economy. (:15) mp3

University of California Board of Regents President Mark Yudof says California will not prosper unless money is invested in higher education. (:15) mp3

California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott says the state’s community colleges need better funding to accommodate all the students who want to attend classes. (:19) mp3

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker

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