Archive for March 27th, 2011

Miles outlines possible budget cut scenarios

Editor’s Note:  Chancellor Cindy Miles sent this letter by email last week to faculty and staff of Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College.  She gave permission for us to reprint it, noting, however, that “there’s a bigger story to tell to students to help them prepare. We’re convening a group to develop a communication plan to help students understand and cope with what is coming.”

By Chancellor Cindy L.  Miles

EL CAJON–Dear Colleagues…As we keep a close eye on what’s happening in Sacramento, the lyrics to a Tom Petty song come to mind: “The waiting is the hardest part.” Until we know what’s happening with the state budget, our planning is filled with ambiguities and what-ifs. We must prepare for everything from a merely terrible budget to making devastating cuts.

In the last couple of weeks, it’s been an “up one day, down the next” rollercoaster of rising and falling hopes for the state budget. Gov. Jerry Brown is still trying to break the budget impasse and garner the handful of remaining votes he needs to place the question of tax extensions on a June ballot. We hope voters will be allowed to decide on the future of their state, but it remains unclear whether that’s going to happen.

Once we know about the fate of the tax extension, we can sharpen our focus on what we need to do to remain viable for the future. Until the Legislature votes, I urge you to redouble your efforts to contact lawmakers and let them know your feelings about the state budget. 

Let’s review what we know and what we don’t.

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