Budget: Brown warily eyes federal impact

Budget: Brown warily eyes federal impact

Budget: Brown warily eyes federal impact

State Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, vice chair of the Senate Budget Committee, talks with reporters about California Gov. Although the budget suggests California's financial reserves could be used to help offset such cuts, Brown vowed to try to prevent Congress from pulling federal funding for the health program in the first place. 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.

"This is a better budget than the one the Governor proposed in January", Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a statement. "And so I think as an initial investment I think it's reasonable but certainly I would be watching it carefully over the next year". Brown's budget siphons that money to general state spending instead, Mayes said.

Under the proposal, K-14 education funding would increase by $3.2 billion over last year, for a total increase of $27.3 billion (58 percent) since fiscal year 2012-13.

"Budget revenues are lower than expected and the governor's numbers reflect that fact", Wilk said.

The release of Brown's revised $124 million spending plan kicks off a month of negotiations with the Democrat-controlled Legislature that must approve a budget by June 15. The Democratic governor called for more than $3 billion in cuts because of a projected deficit he pegged at $1.6 billion. Jerry Brown's May Budget Revision, saying it breaks promises to voters.

"Gov. Brown and his fellow Democrats are already diverting funding to their own pet projects", she said.

Thursday's plan includes $6.5 million more for the Department of Justice, and 31 positions, to handle more workload related to the legal challenges by the state to the federal government on sanctuary cities and other policies, effectively reversing a proposed cut in January's plan.

Trying to close the perceived gap, the governor in January proposed eliminating billions of dollars allocated to education, state building construction, subsidized housing, college scholarships and child care providers.

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"In California, we don't live in a fixed world of straight-line revenues that keep rising and never go down, he said".

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.

The revised budget will leave $400 million of the program's cost with the state and gradually shift costs to counties in the future. The budget discontinues a state pilot program taken up by seven California counties, including Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, to try to reduce state costs and improve the health care of 116,000 people with chronic care issues, many of whom were moved to managed care plans.

"As Governor Brown was scheduled today to release his updated spending plan, the Legislature passed 40 budget bills containing no content - zip, zilch, zero".

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

"I am not in the business of opining on my colleagues", Brown said. "That is a staggering figure, it would be more than the state spends on higher education and corrections combined".

The revised budget came one day after state revenue reports revealed that April personal income tax returns lagged $700 million behind expectations. The May revise proposes $74.6 billion in 2017-18 - an increase of $1.1 billion since the proposed budget was released 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.

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