Obama has stated that job creation and economic recovery are his administration's short-term priorities. His 2011 budget, however, fails to offset lost growth potential, higher unemployment, and service cuts at the local level.
The time to act is now and we must move immediately to balance this year's budget. We can no longer "Just Say No" to public-private partnerships or privatizing our parking garages, convention center or zoo.
I am directing the elimination of 1,000 filled, full-time position authorities and instructing the Personnel Dept. to immediately begin calculating layoff, displacement seniority and/or transfers of employees filling these positions.
CSU faculty have two choices: accept furlough or face layoffs. The first option is bad; the second is worse. This is not only a labor issue for CSU faculty. This is an issue about the health of the nation.