Dear [Assembly member Atkins, Senator Kehoe],

As a student and senior at San Diego State University, I have undergone economic hardships my entire life. The opportunity for me to attend college and receive a quality education is of utmost importance to me, the state, the country, and the world.

I dwell among the poor and witness the daily struggle that so many face today. The fact that I am so close to obtaining my degree is motivation for me to reach out and help those who feel that they would never have a chance. As a future scholar, journalist, teacher in CA, I feel it is my duty to speak up for those who are in the same position as me, those who have the ability to bring the economy to its rightful and balanced place.

Not only is funding for schools an investment in our economy, it is an investment in our culture. It is an investment in society to bridge the gap between the millions of poor, uneducated workers who compete for menial jobs, yet, as Obama said in The State of the Union, there are more engineering jobs available than there are qualified people to fill those positions.

Cutting funding for CSU institutions would hurt the state in the long run. We would not be taking a step forward toward recovery, but a giant, heaping leap back.

If you want to keep people out of jail, put them in school. If you want unemployment to go down, put people in a position where they don't have to compete for minimum wage jobs, but can spread out among the nation's educated and help our economy grow and eventually flourish again.

I ask you to make the California State University (CSU) a priority in the state budget negotiations. The CSU is critical to the state's full economic recovery and future vitality. The governor's May Revision increases the possible cut to the university to a minimum of $250 million if the tax initiative doesn't pass in November resulting in the lowest state support they have had in 17 years at $1.8 billion. This is unacceptable for the CSU, its students and the state.

The CSU and its over 400,000 students need you to protect the future. The CSU's Board of Trustees is now facing several options that will have along lasting and permanent impact on the institution and its ability to serve its students. From what I can see all options are unacceptable as they lead to less access and fewer graduates for our workforce needs.

Given the significant impact the CSU has on California's workforce and economy, it is critical that you stand up and support higher education and the CSU this year and into the future. California's future depends on the CSU and you making the right decision.

Sincerely,

Donna P. Crilly donnapcrilly@gmail.com

Comments

Mindy Ross May 23, 2012 @ 6:30 p.m.

I feel so sorry for your generation, Donna. Economists have said that they will be "Scarred for life" over what is happening.

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Donna P. Crilly May 23, 2012 @ 8:57 p.m.

The sad part is that the world economy is overall on the rise. It's just that the wealth is in the hands of the few; and one in eight Americans still lives in poverty, according to "Sonic Boom," a book I'm reading in one of my classes. I can only hope that we value education enough not to let this happen to the CSUs or any educational institution for that matter.

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Joaquin_de_la_Mesa June 5, 2012 @ 12:24 p.m.

I don't feel sorry for you, Donna. You will be better for having struggled and scraped to get your education. The things that we have to work for are the things we value most.

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Donna P. Crilly June 6, 2012 @ 3:34 p.m.

True. Thanks for the response. The letter was not to make people feel sorry for me, because I don't feel sorry for myself. It is to hopefully inspire people and bring attention to the effects of cutting education.

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David Dodd June 7, 2012 @ 2:44 p.m.

Young lady, if you are the future, then I want that future. Good luck with the politicians, they won't listen. They will rape the future of America in order to get re-elected by funneling money into areas that will benefit them in order to gain votes every four years. It's tragic. Graduate anyway, in spite of them. And then change this world. I dare you.

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