California governor to release revised spending plan

Saturday, 13 May, 2017

Even so, the budget is considerably more constrained than in any year since 2012.

Governor Brown says his revised budget for 2017-18 continues to plan for tougher times ahead, while maintaining spending on core programs such as education and child care.

While Brown hasn't explicitly outlined funding in the budget, Berman said he hopes "at the end of the day, both sides will do what they need to do so the Legislature will pass some laws to make it easier to develop housing, and the governor will support additional funding for affordable housing". Jerry Brown on Thursday called for prudence and said it's crucial for the state to slow spending on social programs. He's also rolling back a plan to cut a half-billion dollars for child care for low-income families. After county officials warned they could not absorb the expenses, the state would now shift $141 million under Brown's proposal. His plan would need the approval of lawmakers. Brown said. "We have ongoing pressures from Washington and an economic recovery that won't last forever".

Brown also pledged to expand health care coverage for undocumented students, but warned that if President Donald Trump's dire proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act is successful, deep, "ugly" cuts in California's budget would be necessary.

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. "Between now and June 15th, the Assembly Budget Committee will work to make this an even better budget - keeping our promises to students, patients, and voters, building on our reserves, and continuing California's progressive momentum".

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles calls the governor's new plan an improvement from his January budget proposal.

Improving Transportation: With the passage of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1), the funding package returns the gas tax's purchasing power to 1994 levels and will provide $54 billion in new funding over the next decade, split evenly between state and local funding.

Brown's initial budget blueprint in January essentially held spending flat to close the deficit in anticipation that revenue will grow more slowly as the US economic expansion heads toward its eighth year. Although most of the gas tax goes to fund road repairs and other transportation projects, tax revenues from gas sold to boaters and off-highway vehicles goes to State Parks, which would use it to upgrade roads, water systems and campgrounds.

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Moreover, despite Macron's can-do attitude, the enthusiasm for the former investment banker has its limits. She said she hoped and believed that cooperation with Macron would progress "in exactly this spirit".

The governor will likely continue to push a message of fiscal discipline, particularly after the House of Representatives passed its health care bill last week.

Under the May Revision, the $5.8 billion revenue shortfall forecast in January is now a $3.3 billion shortfall.

Assembly Minority Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, called Brown's latest budget "a bait and switch", citing voters' approval a year ago of tax increases that he said were to fund health and dental care and support schools. "We'll keep the money until they perform to the auditor's satisfaction".

"There will always be budget challenges, but we can not let it stop us from improving the lives of ordinary Californians", Mayes said in a statement.

"Every year we have tight budgets", said Jim Nielsen, a Republican Senator from Tehama County.

Republicans balked at Brown's revision, claiming it didn't go far enough in paying off California's debt, specifically its massive unfunded public employee retirement system. "The revise suggests that it's going to be a strong year for education and child care".

In a news release, Sen.

Brown's efforts to strengthen ties with China also put him at odds with Trump, who has historically been critical of the country. "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". Why hasn't the billions already spent reduced the growth of poverty in California?