California's Brown Girds for End of Bull Run With Fiscal Caution

Posted May 13, 2017

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.

Child care providers will see the state's $500-million child care package restored and maintained under the new budget as well.

Though, the Governor's revision remained cautious and "considerably more constrained" than any year since 2012.

"This is a better budget than the one the governor proposed in January", said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood.

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.

Brown and lawmakers will debate the budget during significant uncertainty about the state's financial future. State attorneys general in Washington and Hawaii successfully sued to block Trump's executive orders restricting travel from some Muslim-majority countries, and California attorney general Xavier Becerra has pledged to defend the state's environmental standards and health care access.

Jerry Brown is a very wily politician who during his second governorship has also been a very lucky one, as he indirectly acknowledged Thursday.

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"The latest budget proposal also fails to provide a solution for the underfunded training programs that serve California's frontline peace officers", Lackey said. Jeff Stone, R-Murrieta. "At some point, you have to ask, what are the Democrats spending money on?"

The governor proposes $400 million from the general fund next year and additional measures to help offset the IHSS costs for counties.

"I put the $50 million in there so we can hold their feet to the fire", Brown said.

At the unveiling of his revised $183 billion budget proposal on Thursday, California Gov.

"We do have to defend our rights", Brown said.

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.

The state auditor was particularly critical of UC President Janet Napolitano, who has disputed auditors' findings.

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Brown said the legislation was actually tax break for the wealthy. "Most people think she's doing a pretty good job, and that's certainly the view of the regents and, I think, a lot of those here". The constitutional deadline for California to pass a budget is June 15.

The revised budget also proposes spending $387 million in funds from Proposition 1, a water bond passed by voters in 2014, for flood control projects in the Central Valley and the Delta.

The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) wasn't happy that the revised budget continues the January proposal's planned cut of more than $33 million next fiscal year for physician training.

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.

Brown is seeking to increase K-12 education funding by $3 billion compared to the current fiscal year, translating to about $4,058 per student, according to the governor's office.

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

Brown is giving ground a little on child care and is cushioning a potential $600 million hit on counties for in-home aid to the infirm but is spurning demands for expanding the earned income tax credit for the working poor and other Democratic spending priorities.

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