Not included in the plan is funding for universal preschool for all 4-year-olds, a $990K/year item that was placed at the top of the Democrats' wish list on Tuesday, but as the Legislative Analyst's Office has predicted a $6.5 billion surplus by June (when the budget must be approved), let the games begin.
January 9, 2014: Billions in new spending, the Los Angeles Times reports, will be proposed later today by Governor Jerry Brown. as media leaks forced the unveiling of a $155 billion state budget plan a day earlier than he had planned.The Sacramento Bee reports it "projects spending n on K-12 schools will grow to almost $70 billion... an increase of $22 billion from 2011-12. The Bee calls the proposed budget's safety net increases -- e.g., CalWORKs (work-to-welfare) checks are scheduled for a 5% boost, at a cost of $168 million -- "modest."
The spending increases Brown proposed are unlikely to satisfy social service advocates. Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, said the proposal does not go far enough to restore the most painful cuts to the state’s safety net in recent years.
“This is a budget that really continues the cuts we made in the depths of the recession, and that’s disappointing,” Wright said. “We think there needs to be some targeted restoration of the worst of the cuts that were made over the last many years.”
The bulk of new mone the Times notes, would go to schools and community colleges, which are poised to receive $10 billion more through the state's education funding formula. Some of that money was withheld in recent years as officials struggled to balance the budget....
Reporting on EdSource, John Fensterwald and Kathryn Baron write:
Brown is proposing to raise K-12 spending in next year’s state budget a healthy $725 per student – 8.5 percent on average – and to use additional new dollars to wipe the last $6 billion of late payment to schools, known as deferrals, off the books. ...The budget projects an unprecedented extra $10 billion next year under Proposition 98... About two-thirds of that would come from an increase in this year’s guarantee; one-third reflects a recalculation of the Prop. 98 guarantee for the current and the previous year. Brown is proposing to split the increase between making one-time expenditures and awarding school districts more money for ongoing spending...Per-pupil spending for the state’s 6 million K-12 students would be $9,194 next year, compared with $8,469 this year. While the total Prop. 98 minimum guarantee of $61.6 billion for K-12 schools and community colleges would be $14.4 billion, or 30% higher than only three years ago, it’s still would be less than 9% above the 2007-08 guarantee of $56.6 billion, preceding the Great Recession....Nearly $4.5 billion of the new money... will go toward implementing the dramatic reforms of the ... Local Control Funding Formula. That amount is about $2 billion more in the current state budget for LCFF’s initial year of funding.
From the Los Angeles Times: The proposed budget includes $670 million more for Medi-Cal...The program is expected to serve a quarter of California's residents next year..., the account dedicated to teachers' pensions is short $80.4 billion. Instead of filling that hole, Brown calls for "a new funding strategy" to force teachers, school districts and the state to chip in more down the line.
Some of the additional spending in Brown's proposal was planned for in the current budget, which expires June 30. The governor agreed last year to lawmakers' requests to phase in higher funding for social services, healthcare and education. For example, Tuition assistance at California universities would increase by $107 million...