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No Calif. Budget Means No Money For Community Colleges

— California entered a new fiscal year with no budget, and that means the state can’t pay some of its bills. One of the unlucky groups on that list is community colleges.

Community colleges have a few options when they stop getting checks from the state. Chancellor Jack Scott says schools fortunate enough to still have reserves may use those, while others seek out loans. But either way, he says, they lose.

“It does necessitate borrowing money or dipping into reserves, all of which cost the college interest, and all of that means there’s less money to spend on students which is what we’re in the business of.”

Last year community college funding was cut 8 percent. Scott estimates 140,000 students were turned away because of course reductions. He says it’s unfortunate, but late budgets are a fact of life in California.

“It is a hardship on the colleges, it’s no question about it and it’s not a good way to run railroad, but it’s something we’ve learned to live with.”

Lawmakers and Governor Schwarzenegger are split over how to close a $19 billion budget deficit.

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whathappened | July 5, 2010 at 4:24 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

Anyone with some immigation can see our form of Gov can't and willnot work. Here is the formula raise taxes, raise gov pay and retirements , then raise taxes again and again. Cal is a magnet for highly educated people that serve no real purpose other than get a check from gov. These people along the the other Democrats ( Criminals, Welfare recipents, Illegals, Gov employees, College students, and if I left anyone please use a seperate paper to name them. it is also a cadre of people that want's the gov to take everyting people have and then dole it out. Obama is a sign of thier power.

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