FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Wednesday, May 04, 2011
(Fresno, CA) – California State University (CSU), Fresno students, faculty, and community members will converge on the campus Free Speech area Thursday to launch an online campaign to urge Valley legislators to “Stand up for California” and keep the doors to higher education open to Central Valley students by supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s balanced approach to the budget. Following the event, a delegation of students will visit Senator Tom Berryhill’s Fresno office to carry the same message.
After $1 billion in cuts made to the CSU and University of California systems earlier this year, Governor Brown’s budget plan calls for maintaining current revenues so California won’t have to make even deeper cuts to education that is so critical to our future.
A state budget that doesn’t maintain existing revenues — the approach some valley legislators prefer — would mean $15 billion more in cuts, and hundreds of thousands of qualified young people turned away from California’s public colleges and universities.
WHO: CSU Fresno students, faculty, staff and community members
These students and educators are among families, seniors, parents, business owners and others who have put aside their differences to support Governor Brown’s balanced approach to closing the state’s budget gap and move California’s economic recovery forward. The governor’s plan includes cuts he has already signed into law and a proposal to maintaining existing revenues that has been held up by partisan gridlock.