Brown capers defense with California's allocation surfeit

Brown capers defense with California's allocation surfeit

Jerry Brown released the final budget proposal of his tenure as California Governor and it followed a similar script to years past.

Brown said that in the past the state has experienced 10 recessions since World War Two and we must be prepared for the next one.

Under Brown's plan, the state's General Fund grows to $131.7 billion, up about $6 billion from previous year. "Let's not blow it now". Almost 70% of the state's projected revenue of about $135 billion next fiscal year is derived from personal income taxes, according to the governor's office.

As for state deficits, they generally arise when states project high future spending growth even when revenues are stagnating. By the end of the current (2017-18) fiscal year, the state's Rainy Day Fund will have a total balance of $8.4 billion, or 65 percent of the constitutional target. Brown's Local Control Funding Formula increased funding for districts with disproportionate numbers of English-language learners, foster students and students from impoverished families to help them all have better chances at leading successful lives.

The governor is also proposing $4.6 billion in additional transportation funding from a massive transportation package passed a year ago. "Yet the proposed level of funding, as a percent of our operating budget, provides an increase to our operating budget that is half the rate of inflation".

The minimum guarantee of funding for K-14 schools in 2007-08 was $56.6 billion and dropped to $47.3 billion in 2011-12 at the peak of the state budget crisis. "It's our responsibility to bring the campus to them, and we can do that through a fully online college".

The budget proposed Wednesday by Jerry Brown, California's Democratic governor, pleased leaders of the state's community college system while disappointing their counterparts at the California State University and University of California systems. As the new formula is implemented, no district will receive less funding than now provided.

Gov. Brown is also allocating funds for a "wholly internet based community college", supporting Medi-Cal in the face of federal attacks to the Affordable Care Act and a renewed commitment to fighting climate change.

Brown capers defense with California's allocation surfeit

About the State Library:Founded in 1850, the California State Library has an extensive collection of documents from and about the state's rich history, ranging from books, maps, miners' diaries, newspapers, and periodicals to photographs, paintings and posters.

Given these funding increases, the budget reflects flat tuition and expects the universities and community colleges to continue to improve their students' success. It also uses revenue from California's recently-increased tobacco tax to boost pay for home-health providers. California continues to be the national leader among states in implementing the optional expansion of ACA with almost 3.9 million Californians covered in 2018-19.

Brown, who was elected to his first two terms as governor in 1974 and 1978 before returning to the governor's mansion in 2011, has positioned California as a bulwark against the conservative policies of Republican U.S. President Donald Trump by vocally advocating for continuing healthcare expansion and combating climate change.

Local lawmakers are reacting to the budget.

Another $4.6 billion would go toward transportation projects, including $2.8 billion for roads and bridges and $721 million for passenger rail and public transit. Recent data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that 30 percent of undergraduate students enrolled in at least one online education course in 2016, up from 27.1 percent in 2014, Inside Higher Ed reports.

- Matching locally generated funds for high-priority transportation projects ($200 million).

Beyond those and a few other hand-picked spending increases, Brown wants to set aside almost all of his projected $6 billion surplus. That debt has been substantially reduced, and now stands at less than $6 billion. With this $2.5 million, Governor Brown has more than doubled spending on library literacy programs since 2015. Since then, auction proceeds have stabilized and revenues have increased, resulting in $1.25 billion in cap-and-trade funds available for appropriation in 2018-19. "The governor could start by refunding the money to Californians who paid the now suspended fire prevention fee, and by reconsidering the need for his catastrophic gas tax hike".

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