Local Lawmakers Share Mixed Reviews To Gov. Brown's May Budget Revision

Brandon Parsons
May 13, 2017

That's really bad news, and if you say now, 'What are going to do?', you're not going to get an answer, because what we have to do is ugly.

And he specifically called out Republican members of Congress from California for voting for a plan that hurt their constituents. But Brown has proposed withholding $50 million in funding to the University of California in light of a scathing state audit that found $175 million in hidden reserve funds at UC Office of the President. Obamacare has not been a success in California, but it has generally been less unsuccessful in the Golden State than elsewhere, partly because the Obama administration saw California's program as a flagship, and the program enjoys voters' support. "I think they made a mistake, and they're going to have to do penance for it".

Brown and lawmakers will debate the budget during significant uncertainty about the state's financial future.

Funding for K-12 schools (including transitional kindergarten) will grow to $92.3 billion, a record high and an increase over Gov.

The Legislature has until June 15 to approve a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Assemblyman Phil Ting, a San Francisco Democrat, chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, said the state's economy is in good enough shape to "craft a budget that helps more of our people prosper and build a better future for their kids".

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 previous year to $8.5 billion - which would be about two-thirds of the way to the constitutional goal of 10 percent of tax revenues.

Consumer advocates say they agree with the governor about fighting potential federal cuts to Medi-Cal.

Those gains led Brown to include $1.4 billion in his 2017-2018 revised budget to continue to implement the Local Control Funding Formula, with funding directed to districts with low-income students, English learners and students in foster care.

"California has spent enormous sums of money, particularly in education", Brown said.

The Democratic governor staked out a conservative opening position in January, projecting a $1.6 billion deficit that the Legislature's budget experts said was excessively cautious. His budget also would cancel his proposal to shift $600 million in costs to counties, which supervisors warned their budgets could not absorb.

California Governor Jerry Brown's January budget focused on risks to the booming state - and the last four months have validated his caution. Local officials said their budgets couldn't handle the total extra costs in a single year.

That continues in the revised budget, even though projected revenues will be a couple of billion dollars higher than the initial budget he released in January, much of which will automatically flow to schools. So - as is the case in many other states - the federal health-care uncertainty could present big problems down the road.

"I'm proud that the governor worked with us to keep his promise to working families and their children", Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, who heads the Legislative Women's Caucus, said in a statement.

Brown said the legislation was actually tax break for the wealthy.

The revised budget came one day after state revenue reports revealed that April personal income tax returns lagged $700 million behind expectations. Not until June when the budget is moved to the floor, will we learn how badly behaved the political elites were with the people's money.

The state parks system would get $31 million in additional funding from the 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax that the Legislature passed this spring.

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.

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