California governor: More spending for schools, child care

Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his 2017-2018 spending plan at a news conference in January

Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his 2017-2018 spending plan at a news conference in January

"Now is not the time for the Legislature to create new spending we can not afford".

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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. 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 should think about their constituents, their families". Although his budget plan notes the repeal legislation approved by the U.S. House earlier this month would cost the state an estimated $4.3 billion in lost federal funds in 2020.

Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco, who chairs the budget committee, said Assembly Democrats will look to preserve a middle-class scholarship program; use tobacco tax money for payments to Medi-Cal doctors; and seek to increase funding for subsidized housing, debt-free college and reducing poverty.

The governor's May revision restores the planned increase for child care provider rates and includes more funding for immigrant legal services-a major priority of Democratic lawmakers, after the election of Donald Trump.

The revised budget plan, which goes into effect July 1, includes a $1.4-billion increase in spending for the 2017-18 school year. The Democratic governor called for more than $3 billion in cuts because of a projected deficit he pegged at $1.6 billion.

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

Brown also proposed going forward with plans to boost wages for subsidized child-care providers by $500 million, reversing his January proposal to cancel the increase.

"The governor has said and will continue to say that we should not over commit the state to higher levels of spending in the event that something not of our making changes our direction". Now, having declared it over in April, he proposes to reduce that increase to $63 million, with much of the remaining money to go for increased firefighting - from more fire engines to longer hours at CalFire fire stations - to deal with the risk from 100 million dead trees in the Sierra Nevada and to help with emergency water supplies in Central Valley communities whose wells ran dry.

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.

Sacramento - Governor Jerry Brown's May budget revision pumped about $2.5 billion more into schools, counties, child care and the state pension fund, but he warned that California's boom times could soon end.

"There's been a lot of spending but as we all know, in California we don't live in a fixed world of straight-line revenues that keep rising and never go down", Brown said.

To get the money back, the UC system would have to take steps to balance its budget over the next year. He has led California to adopt some of the most ambitious anti-pollution policies in the United States.

Democrats who control the Legislature also have their disagreements. The California Legislative Women's Caucus applauded Brown's child care proposal.

Senator Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, issued a statement condemning what he called a "shell game" in the California Legislature to hide controversial spending policies into the budget without public scrutiny.

Including special funds and bonds, which are pools of restricted money that can only be used for specific projects, total proposed spending next year is $183.4 billion.

Meanwhile state parks would get $31 million in additional funding from the 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax that the Legislature passed this spring. "While revenues are below what was projected [last year], the state's fiscal position is strong, giving us the flexibility to avoid cuts and to make targeted investments".

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