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CSU leaders visit capitol to lobby for education funding
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California State University, Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani traveled to Sacramento this week to support Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2010-2011 budget for higher education.
The budget proposal would restore $305 million previously cut from the CSU budget and add an additional $60.6 million to fund the CSU’s enrollment growth. A timely budget adoption could allow the CSU system to serve as many as 29,000 more students in the 2010-2011 school year.
"The reinvestment in higher education is essential for California's recovery and we appreciate the Governor's continued support,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Our hope is for the legislature's approval of the budget, so we can begin to restore access and service to students across the system."
The CSU system supports more than 150,000 jobs statewide. More than $17 billion in economic activity directly results from CSU-related spending, generating $5.43 for every dollar the state invests.
Spending at CSU Stanislaus alone generates a total impact of $169 million on the regional economy and nearly $268.6 on the statewide economy. The impact sustains more than 2,000 jobs in the region and nearly 2,300 jobs statewide.