By the Capital Public Radio News
Updated 1:04 p.m. to correct amount of budget spending
to $1.3 billion.
Update 12:48 p.m. Steve Boilard comments during the
California Governor Jerry Brown today couched his revised
budget plan in cautionary terms and phrases. He said, "We're
sailing into uncertain times", with the economy slowing down.
The new budget actually calls for spending $1.3 billion less
than the Governor proposed in January. Steve Boilard, who's
Director for the Center for California Studies at Sacrament State
University says Democratic lawmakers are not likely to be pleased
with when they heard.
"Although the leadership, I think, is talking the talk,
in the Assembly and the Senate, you know the need for
prudence and discipline, etc., member by member everybody has
something they've promised constituents that they want to deliver.
So being told 'no' now that we've finally got a tax increase, you
can't really increase spending, I don't think that's going to over
real well." -- Steve Boilard
Boilard says the Governor may also encounter resistance from
lawmakers over his desire to "pay down the wall of debt."
Update: 11:08 a.m.
California Governor Jerry Brown is proposing an updated budget
that he says is balanced, solid and maintains fiscal discipline
against efforts to restore years of deep budget cuts.
"Everybody wants to see more spending," Brown said.
"That's what this place is - it's a spending machine. You need
something? Come here and see if you can get it! Well,
but I'm the backstop at the end, and I'm gonna keep this budget
balanced as long as I'm around here."
The governor says the recent jump in state revenues will likely
be short-lived. He's calling for three billion dollars in
one-time revenues to go to schools - to pay down debt that the
state owes districts and to help implement new academic
Brown is also proposing an extra $240 million as part of his
plan to overhaul the state's school funding system. That's a
response to critics in suburban school districts who worry about
And the budget includes more money for county probation
departments to offset increased costs of the governor's criminal
justice realignment program.
Brown is also proposing an extra 240 million dollars as part of his
plan to overhaul the state's school funding sys
Brown's budget revision calls for state-based Medi-Cal
expansion and $1 billion for schools toward common core
Brown said the state "cannot afford to both assume the cost of
(Medi-Cal) coverage, and continue its level of funding for county
health care." The revised budget suggests the state wants to
maintain the county health safety net for the uninsured, but
proposes a "mechanism" to capture money from the counties.
The revised budget accounts for $1.5 billion for Medi-Cal
expansion in 2013-14, with only $21 million coming from the state's
general fund. The rest is federal money.
Brown said the judiciary will be getting the same amount of
money as last year.
On fracking: Brown says the state needs to take a balanced
view. "We ned oil, but climate change is very real." He said
fracking could bring a lot of money to the state, but we should aim
to get people weaned off oil.
Brown says this funding formula is fair, adding that "people
in Beverly Hills are not going to move to Watts to get more public
"We just got a nice tax. Fifty-five percent of the people
voted for it," Brown said. "We should take a deep breath and not
talk about more taxes now."
He said the Capitol is a "big spending machine, and everyone
is trying to get something." Brown says he's "the backstop" to more
state government spending.
When asked how healthy the state economy is, Brown said the
state had a record boom and bust, and that he wants to be more
prudent. Brown said the sequester, the 2 percent bump in the
payroll tax and floundering world economies are all hurting state