Board Highlights January 2012

Budget News
 
Vice President of Business Services Becky Elam provided an update on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The state budget cuts community colleges are likely to face in the upcoming fiscal year could be more devastating than they have been over each of the last three years, Vice President Elam told the Board.
 
For the upcoming fiscal year, analysts expect the state to have a $5.1 billion deficit. To offset that deficit, Gov. Brown’s proposed 2012-13 budget includes a tax package that would temporarily increase the sales tax and increase income tax rates on those with higher incomes. The tax package is expected to be on the November ballot.
 
If voters approve the tax package, it would bring in an estimated $6.9 billion in revenues to the state and stave off cuts to public schools and higher education. If the package is rejected, experts are warning of dire cuts to education. http://www.ccleague.net/2012/01/the-2012-13-budget-after-a-good-nights-sleep/
 
 
MSJC has already taken more than $8 million in state budget cuts since the economy began its downturn in 2008.
 
If voters reject the Governor’s proposed tax package, MSJC would experience another $2.4 million cut in 2012-13, resulting in the loss of funding for more than 500 full-time students. In order to meet the needs of its students, MSJC continues to serve more than 1,000 students over what the District receives in state funding, Vice President Elam reminded the Board.
 
For the state budget impact to MSJC, go to: http://www.ccleague.net/district-budget-impact/
 
MSJC is creating two budget proposals for 2012-13: One will prepare the District if voters approve the Governor’s tax proposal. The second will prepare the District if that tax package is rejected.
 
Over the next few months, the state Legislature will hold budget hearings and by mid-May, the Governor will release a revised budget proposal. The state has a June 15 deadline to send a budget to the Governor for adoption.
 
 
Redistricting
 
The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees approved adjustments to trustee area boundaries during its regular meeting on Jan. 19, 2012.
The redistricting process is required every 10 years (after census) to align trustee districts to equalize the population.