Governor's revised budget increases funding to schools, child care

Toni Houston
May 13, 2017

"I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature and the governor to reach an agreement that is not only once again responsible, balanced, and on-time, but also a budget that protects California's progressive gains and persists in meeting the challenges we face".

Every one of California's 14 Republicans voted for the bill, which now proceeds to the Senate.

Brown proposed more funding for schools, county health programs and transportation infrastructure.

Gov. Jerry Brown said his budget was designed with the future in mind, planning for times when the economy is not trending upward. "I think they should think about their constituents".

The context for Brown's remarks was the release of his new spending plan, which set a record, proposing a record $183.4 in spending, despite some caution.

"Budget revenues are lower than expected and the governor's numbers reflect that fact", Wilk said.

Bright spots in the governor's budget proposal include a much-needed $6 billion supplemental payment to the California Public Employees' Retirement System and a boost in the state's rainy-day fund, from $6.7 billion past year to $8.5 billion - which would be about two-thirds of the way to the constitutional goal of 10 percent of tax revenues. But they're criticizing other parts of the Democratic governor's revised plan.

"I am pleased to see Governor Brown keep his promise to California's youngest children and families", says Kong.

His revised budget incorporates the latest receipts from the April 15 income tax deadline and was little changed from the budget he proposed in January.

Brown's concerns over the next inevitable economic correction come just one day after State Controller Betty Yee issued a warning over a shortfall in state revenue.

For K-12 schools, Brown's budget calls for spending to increase by about $4,058 per student over levels from the 2011-12 school year.

Brown in January proposed a $122.5 billion budget that kept general fund spending mostly flat.

- Rachel Linn Gish, spokeswoman for the left-leaning advocacy group Health Access: Revenue from California's recently raised tobacco tax should be used to give more money to Medi-Cal and Denti-Cal, health and dental care programs for the state's neediest residents, Gish said. County staff will evaluate the net affect on county services before the Board of Supervisors considers the 2017-18 county budget June 13. "We have ongoing pressures from Washington and an economic recovery that won't last forever".

A state proposal to shift $623 million in costs for In-Home Supportive Services to counties won't pack such a wallop for Stanislaus County's budget.

The release of Brown's spending plan kicks off a month of negotiations with the Democrat-controlled Legislature. Brown said the state would use the money to "hold their feet to the fire" to make sure UC, led by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, follows the recommendations. The California Legislative Women's Caucus applauded Brown's child care proposal.

He cited a "modestly improved fiscal outlook" since January for allowing $1.5 billion more in general fund spending in his $124 billion proposal, despite uncertainty about future federal spending by the Trump administration as it seeks to overhaul the health care plan.

Brown's budget does not include increased funding for repairs and replacement of some of the state's aging government buildings. A stopgap federal spending bill, meanwhile, passed Congress with bipartisan support and maintained existing federal funding for state programs.

President Donald Trump is also pressing for cuts to corporate and income taxes and eliminations of deductions that benefit residents in highly taxed states like California.

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