The California State Legislature returned to work on Tuesday to examine Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget amid a widening divide over how much money the state can spend.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposes a $17 billion bump for California’s K-12 schools over the next four years, a dramatic turn-around from the teacher layoffs and program cuts that became common during the recession.
A new Field Poll finds that Jerry Brown is enjoying his highest job-performance ratings since returning to the governor’s office two years ago.
Riding a wave of new tax revenue, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a state spending plan that eliminates the massive deficits of recent years and provides nearly $5 billion more in spending over the previous year.
The nonpartisan legislative analyst says California is facing a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses over the next few years.
Shares of Facebook plunged to all-time lows after early investors and insiders were allowed to sell their shares Thursday, dimming California’s hope for a capital gains windfall that would help balance the state budget.
With a busy Fourth of July week looming, California parks officials announced Thursday that 65 of the 70 state parks once slated to close Sunday due to budget cuts will remain open.
The revised budget agreement between legislative Democrats and Governor Brown calls for the phasing out of California’s successful Healthy Families program, which provides state-sponsored, low-cost insurance for children, teens and pregnant mothers.
Optimistic projections, entrenched differences and a transparency problem are what face Governor Jerry Brown and the state legislature as they try to come to an agreement on a $92 billion dollar budget.
With Gov. Jerry Brown refusing to sign off on their plan, Democratic leaders say they are working on two tracks to pass a budget and continue negotiations with the governor on welfare cuts.