Mixed Reviews for California's Proposed Budget


Brown said that in the past the state has experienced 10 recessions since World War Two and we must be prepared for the next one. "Yes, we have had some very good years and program spending has steadily increased". "Let's not blow it now". As part of his spending proposal, the budget summary suggested that more information about how LCFF money is allocated and spent by school districts could be required in the next fiscal year.

But with growing uncertainty about the impacts of new federal policies, combined with a longer-than-average economic expansion, the budget continues to bank higher revenues into reserves and pay down debts and liabilities.

"Whether that investment manifests as paying down pension obligations, continuing to combat the housing crisis or saving more in the rainy day fund, it is crucial that we use this opportunity to help solidify our state's financially solvent future", he said.

Overall, his plan largely avoids new spending, instead putting $5 billion in surplus money into the state's rainy day fund.

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Total California spending (general and nongeneral funds) has risen 44 percent under Brown, 2011-2018. The budget aims to provide $3 billion to school districts and proposes a requirement for districts to create a link between their local accountability plans and their budgets to show how increased funding is being spent.

Sacramento Democrats see Brown's pragmatic budgeting style as the political philosophy of a lame duck, with shriveling power to reward allies and punish enemies.

"I thank the governor for maintaining the three-year commitment to increasing access and funding for early childhood education opportunities, including providing another almost 3,000 preschool slots, and for proposing a $167 million competitive grant for inclusive early education and care". "It's our responsibility to bring the campus to them, and we can do that through a fully online college".

Jerry Brown unveiled his 16th - and final - proposed budget as governor on Wednesday.

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Under Brown's plan, no community college campus would receive less money than it did under the 2017-18 formula.

Additionally, the budget again increases state support for the University of California and the California State University by 3 percent.

They said state finances are facing a notably volatile period, given changes to federal tax law poised to hit California especially hard. They noted that the governor's plan does not include specific funding for UC's plan to add 2,000 California undergraduates in fall 2018 and its desire to add 500 more graduate students. However, that may not be enough to avoid tuition increases that both universities are considering even though Brown wants to keep tuition unchanged. It also uses revenue from California's recently-increased tobacco tax to boost pay for home-health providers. California continues to be the national leader among states in implementing the optional expansion of ACA with almost 3.9 million Californians covered in 2018-19. Assembly Budget Committee vice-chairman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) calls infrastructure a "fundamental requirement of government that's slipped away over the years". Corporation taxes were 40% higher at $2.47 billion for the month.

- Matching locally generated funds for high-priority transportation projects ($200 million).

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Another $4.6 billion would go toward transportation projects, including $2.8 billion for roads and bridges and $721 million for passenger rail and public transit.