Most of us have gotten used to a little bickering in Sacramento over the budget. It seems to happen every single year. In fact, the California budget has only been passed on time four times in the last 20 years.
Regardless, if you aren’t one of the 22,000 workers who have been laid off as a result of this year’s impasse, you probably haven’t been paying much attention.
This week, however, California’s budget crisis hit home. Yesterday, King Hall students received an email from the law school Registrar informing us that, because UC fees haven’t been finalized due to the impasse, she does not know when we will be able to obtain financial aid. (Full email after the jump).
I assume that students at Boalt, Hastings, and UCLA have received similar notifications. For those who didn’t make the big bucks this summer, this may be quite a blow.
It's not only affecting financial aid. A friend of mine who was planning on interning at the AG’s office in Sacramento this semester was informed that she could not be “hired” (for an unpaid externship) because the AG is prohibited from processing her paperwork until a budget is finalized.
So, enough is enough Sacramento. Sure, take a few more days to shake out the sillies, but let’s get this thing done.