California governor to visit China for clean energy meeting

Posted May 13, 2017

"We're trying as much as possible to keep us on an even keel", Brown said in reversing his proposed cuts for K-12 schools.

In his May Revise, the governor is asking that $50 million in funds originally intended for the University of California system be "sequestered" until the California State Auditor returns with recommendations on how to address findings that the UC Office of the President squirreled away $175 million.

"This is a better budget than the one the Governor proposed in January", Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a statement. "I think they should think about their constituents".

The state must also continue to plan and save for tougher budget times ahead.

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.

He announced Thursday a revised outlook for the budget year that starts July 1.

Additional details on the Governor's May Revision can be found at www.ebudget.ca.gov.

For that reason, Brown said he put forward a fiscally responsible revised budget because "who knows what it will be in six months?" "Voters were promised that these tax revenues would be used to pay for health care, dental care and education, yet the Governor's plan ignores that and redirects it for other purposes". Jerry Brown will travel to China to discuss clean energy policy with global leaders.

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

Brown's overall budget plan is for $124 billion, an increase of $1.5 billion compared to January.

"I applaud Governor Brown for restoring the one million in funds for the Pasadena Playhouse renovation projects that were cut in January's budget proposal". Brown said. "We have ongoing pressures from Washington and an economic recovery that won't last forever".

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 federal government is contemplating actions - such as defunding health care for millions of Californians, eliminating the deductibility of state taxes and zeroing out funding for organizations like Planned Parenthood - that could send the state budget into turmoil. County staff will evaluate the net affect on county services before the Board of Supervisors considers the 2017-18 county budget June 13.

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. "That is a staggering figure, it would be more than the state spends on higher education and corrections combined".

Sen. Jeff Stone, R-La Quinta, said the governor and Democratic leadership in the Assembly and Senate were giving no indication of a willingness to "control spending".

Brown said the legislation was actually tax break for the wealthy.

Other budget tweaks relate to the soaking California experienced this year.

Brown's budget does not include increased funding for repairs and replacement of some of the state's aging government buildings.

Brown also sparked controversy by proposing to use much of the money from a tobacco tax increase approved a year ago by voters to cover normal growth in Medi-Cal, a publicly funded health plan that covers 1 in 3 Californians. A stopgap federal spending bill, meanwhile, passed Congress with bipartisan support and maintained existing federal funding for state programs. The projected deficit in his new plan is $400 million, due mostly to improved capital gains revenue.