SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders agreed to spend $500 million to combat homelessness and $90 million to increase grants for people on welfare as part of a $139 billion budget compromise released Friday. The deal left out an expansion of Medi-Cal health care coverage to young immigrants living in the country illegally and tax credits to help people who buy their own insurance to afford coverage. Both were top priorities for Assembly Democrats looking to reduce the ranks of the uninsured. Brown, a Democrat, reached the deal with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, and Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. The deal is worth about $1 billion more than Brown's $137.6 billion general fund proposal last month. "After detailed discussions, California is on the verge of having another on-time, balanced budget," Brown said. "From a $27 billion deficit in 2011, the state now enjoys a healthy surplus and a solid Rainy Day Fund." … [Read more...] about Homelessness, welfare get boost in California budget deal
By Dan Walters, CALmatters | May 31, 2018 at 12:01 am The Capitol’s annual budget ritual is entering its final phase this week with an historic twist. It will be the 16th and last budget for the state’s longest serving governor, Jerry Brown, writing the final chapter of his fiscal record. And it won’t be easy, even though California is, as he said this month, “nearing the longest economic recovery in modern history.” Ironically, it’s that prosperity, including record-low unemployment and multi-billion-dollar windfalls of state tax revenue, that makes writing Brown’s final budget politically difficult. Brown sees an $8 billion jump in projected revenues from his initial 2018-19 budget in January, and wants to sock most of it away in reserves to cushion the impact of the inevitable economic downturn. Quoting pioneer physicist Isaac Newton as he released his revised budget on May 11, Brown told reporters, “What goes up must come down. … [Read more...] about Walters: State’s budget ritual at Capitol has an historic twist this year
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown faces a bruising fight with the Legislature over funding for welfare, health care and higher education after producing a revised budget proposal that shows a lot more money but not a lot more spending.The state's budget surplus has ballooned to nearly $9 billion, the largest in at least 18 years, at a time when California is facing serious challenges like rising homelessness and growing inequality.But in releasing his spending plan Friday Brown stuck to a familiar refrain: The good times are nearing their end and new spending would be irresponsible."It can get giddy at the peak," he said. "Don't fall over."Brown's caution has frustrated fellow Democratic lawmakers who are eager to tap into the windfall driven by a strong economy and higher wages, particularly for wealthier taxpayers, to help people struggling with California's high costs."In these times of prosperity, we need to make sure we bring all Californians along for … [Read more...] about Brown faces California budget fight as surplus grows
BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Newsletter Signup National By Marcy Kreiter @marcykreiter 09/25/16 AT 6:07 PM California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure Sunday that would have subsidized diapers for needy families on government assistance. Brown said the measure represented an end run around the budget process.It was Brown’s second veto on the issue. He rejected a measure two weeks ago that would have reduced the price of diapers for low-income families by eliminating sales tax. Brown said it would have reduced state sales tax revenue significantly.The Los Angeles Times said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who introduced both measures, pledged to keep trying.The babycenter estimates disposable diapers will cost $72 a month during the first year of a baby’s life, plus $20 a month for wipes.The bill vetoed Sunday would have provided $50 per month for every child less than 2 years of age enrolled in child care as a separate … [Read more...] about Diaper Subsidy Vetoed By California Gov. Brown
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