Governor Says 'Big Cuts' Ahead For California's Budget

Governor Says 'Big Cuts' Ahead For California's Budget

Governor Says 'Big Cuts' Ahead For California's Budget

The Brown administration says if the American Health Care Act is signed into law, the state could lose $5.4 billion starting in 2019, and that loss could grow to nearly $24 billion in 2026.

Stone wondered how the governor could boast of "spending billions of dollars on anti-poverty programs (while) one in four children go to bed hungry every night in California".

The budget revision also halts a planned reduction in financial aid awards for low-income students at private universities, but requires schools to take steps to help students transfer from community colleges and expand online education to get the funding.

Thursday's package, though, includes few other major changes from the package Brown presented in January, shortly before Donald Trump's inauguration put Republicans in full control of the federal government and seemingly within easy reach of repealing the Affordable Care Act and making other promised changes that would mean trouble for the state's bottom line.

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 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.

About half the budget goes to the state's school system.

"As Governor Brown was scheduled today to release his updated spending plan, the Legislature passed 40 budget bills containing no content - zip, zilch, zero. That's money from the very gas tax the Democrats promised would go exclusively to fixing our decrepit roads and providing relief for traffic congestion".

And Brown, flanked by a lurid, red-ink chart depicting California's potential Medi-Cal deficits, said the state would be hard-pressed to cover those cuts. Jeff Stone, R-Murrieta. "At some point, you have to ask, what are the Democrats spending money on?"

The revised budget withholds $50 million from the University of California until it implements a series of reforms laid out in a blistering state audit that showed the system had failed to disclose millions of dollars in reserve funding.

- Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, chair of the Senate Budget Committee: "It's certainly an improvement over the January proposal", Mitchell said, adding she's "thrilled" to see more funding for child care and education.

Jerry Brown will travel to China to discuss clean energy policy with worldwide leaders next month, his office announced Friday. 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.

"I am not in the business of opining on my colleagues", Brown said. "Most people think she's doing a pretty good job". For K-12 schools, funding levels will increase by about $4,058 per student in 2017-18 over 2011-12 levels. 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.

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.

In early January, before the heavy winter rains arrived, the governor proposed increasing the state budget by $179 million to address the five-year drought.

The current plan has a slightly more optimistic revenue estimate than in January-it projects $2.5 billion more revenue-and Brown has proposed restoring some cuts he pushed for in January.

Meanwhile state parks would get $31 million in additional funding from the 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax that the Legislature passed this spring. The projected deficit in his new plan is $400 million, due mostly to improved capital gains revenue.

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