Health Care Advocates See Missed Opportunity In Brown's Proposed Budget

Health Care Advocates See Missed Opportunity In Brown's Proposed Budget

It might be another year or two before the next downturn, Brown said, but you still need time to recover.

"Whether that investment manifests as paying down pension obligations, continuing to combat the housing crisis or saving more in the rainy day fund, it is crucial that we use this opportunity to help solidify our state's financially solvent future", he said. That would leave the state with $13.5 billion in reserves that it could use if the economy sours. Another $2.3 billion would go to the state's operating reserve fund.

Eloy Oakley, chancellor of California's community colleges, applauded the online college proposal. 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.

However, the UC released a statement on the same day that the increase in funding is still less than what was anticipated under a previous agreement between the University and the governor, and that it does not include funding for UC enrollment growth. The two had requested additional money to add more graduate students.

Brown earned the nickname "Governor Moonbeam" in his first stint as a budget-busting progressive governor in the 1970s. In July, Governor Brown signed legislation to extend California's landmark cap-and-trade program through 2030. Brown's higher ed proposal. The proposed budget will provide $11,614 per pupil in the next fiscal year, compared with $7,008 in 2011-12.

He said Brown's plan "could reverse any progress made in the last decade - diminishing student access, success, limiting degree attainment and depriving California's industries of skilled professionals".

- A focus on "fix-it-first" investments to repair neighborhood roads, state highways and bridges ($2.8 billion).

Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano, who is chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, is pleased with that particular move. Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) said in a statement. "A constitutional amendment I authored, ACA 5, which will be on the ballot for voter approval in June, guarantees that revenue from the Act will be spent only on transportation projects".

One of these critical services, Dodd said, was education.

On the forefront of his mind, however, are disaster recovery and preparedness.

Yet they noted that "the state budget process has just begun and we hope to continue conversations with the governor and the Legislature". "As a father and a grandfather, I know that there is no more precious resource than our young people". Local governments and school districts, meanwhile, have been drawing attention to their rising expenses on pensions, complaining that the costs are "crowding out" their ability to fund public services. Brown calls it a "prudent budget", which sets aside money in the event of upcoming recessions. And community college students were more likely than students at both public and private four-year institutions to be enrolled in at least one distance-education course.

The good times have lawmakers airing plans to spend some of the surplus.

Taxes: California may be rolling in multiyear surpluses, but collections are "very volatile, changeable" due to economic booms and busts. "In a flawless world, the surplus would be returned to taxpayers".

Community college tuition for full-time California residents ranges from roughly $1,100 to $1,400 a year, depending on course load.

"California has faced ten recessions since World War II and we must prepare for the eleventh".