Governor Brown's Budget Proposal Provides $9.5 Million for Public Libraries

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California lawmakers haven't missed a budget deadline in the past six years since voters passed a constitutional amendment to lower the threshold for passing a spending plan, which essentially wrote Republicans out of the process, and barred lawmakers from being paid until a spending plan was passed.

Given the uncertainty at the federal level and the likelihood of more federal cuts to social programs, the governor could strike "a better balance between putting funds away for later and boosting state investment now to help more households to make ends meet and climb the economic ladder, especially in light of our state's highest-in-the-nation poverty rate", said Chris Hoene, director of the California Budget & Policy Center, a think tank that focuses on how the state's budget policies impact poor and middle-class residents.

State officials and economists said planning for the 2018-2019 budget cycle had been particularly hard this year.

Consistent with Brown's record of presiding over record spending while simultaneously urging restraint, Brown's message to the Legislature stressed the inevitability of a recession in the near future and the importance of preparing for it.

Last year, Brown signed a $125 billion general fund budget for the current fiscal year that became the largest in state history. This year's budget includes a $5 billion increase for the voter-approved Proposition 2 "rainy day" fund, increasing its allocation to $13.5 billion.

"The key to this budget is to fill up the rainy day fund", he said.

"As it relates to poverty, the governor stated that unlike other states, California has a good system of support, but it is modest", said Sen. As part of his spending proposal, the budget summary suggested that more information about how LCFF money is allocated and spent by school districts could be required in the next fiscal year. Cities and towns will see significantly more money in their coffers - $2.7 billion compared to $1.6 billion a year ago - to pay for local street and road repairs, thanks to the gas tax.

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Brown is using some of a projected surplus to speed up the full funding of his 2013 education reform, the Local Control Funding Formula.

In a state budget proposal issued on Wednesday, Gov. Both houses of the California legislature are controlled by Democrats.

State legislators have proposed a plan that would let California taxpayers pay their state taxes to a special fund that could be counted as a charity, in order to get around the tax bill's limitation of federal deductions for state and local tax payments. "I believe Gov. Brown's budget reflects a thoughtful starting point for this year's budget negotiations".

The $132 billion spending proposal includes notable investments in education for foster youth in the state; a new home visiting program for moms receiving welfare; and a bid to divert some young adults from prisons into juvenile facilities. "That's my number one proposition", Brown said.

The governor's January proposal is an opening gambit in the long march toward a budget that is to be adopted in June, before the July 1 beginning of the fiscal year.

California's fiscal position has improved by leaps and bounds since 2011, when the state suffered a $27 billion budget gap.

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