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It was good to hear state Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez (D-Valencia) say that he supports education funding in spite of a daunting budget shortfall facing existing and future state budgets.
“We are facing a potentially severe budget shortfall in the current fiscal year, with some estimates totaling over $500 million,” he said. “While it may be inevitable that we will be forced to make cuts, I am adamantly opposed to any cuts in education. Education is the cornerstone of our entire society. Without adequately funding K-12 and higher education, what kind of future can we offer our children?”
That’s great. But if we increase – or even maintain – education funding, where do we cut?
The current year’s budget appropriated over $2.5 billion for public education, representing 43 percent of the total general fund, and $880 million for higher education, representing 14.5 percent of the total general fund.
Funding for education has increased by 4 percent on average over the past several years and we wonder how that will be able to continue.
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