State Lawmakers To Vote On $117.5 Billion Budget That Boosts Social Spending, Tempting Showdown With Brown
California’s social service programs suffered deep cuts in the last recession, and now Democrats who control both houses of the Legislature want to increase spending on them as the state rebounds.
BART’s Board of Directors passed a new $1.6 billion budget Thursday that promises longer and more frequent trains for riders of two East Bay lines beginning in September.
San Quentin’s Death Row is home to some of the state’s most notorious criminals, but the prison may be running out of room for them, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to ask for millions of dollars to pay for more cells.
This comes after months of negotiations and lobbying by President Napolitano for more funding from the state, to avoid tuition hikes of up to 5 percent in each of the next five years.
Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week.
BART officials said the 10-inches of rail broke on a newer section of tracks, and the rails like the cars badly need to be replaced.
The budget proposal from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee would also allow the city to 250 new police officers over the next two years.
Marin and Sonoma County officials and residents got their first look at the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit commuter trains that are scheduled to begin trips between the two counties starting in 2016.
One of the best parts of living in the Golden State is the ability to enjoy over 1.6 million acres of mountains, beaches and valleys protected by state parks. But a new report finds park visitors do not reflect the state’s changing and diverse demographics, making the future of park funding uncertain.
The report from Standard & Poor’s found that contrary to popular belief, lower spending has spurred California’s economic recovery, and not higher revenues.