California governor proposes more money to fight Trump

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"I don't think we should throw money at the housing problem if we don't adopt real changes that make housing production more efficient and less costly", Brown said Thursday.

Every one of California's 14 Republicans voted for the bill, which now proceeds to the Senate.

- Matt Cate, executive director of the California State Association of Counties: Cate applauded Brown's decision to avoid shifting $600 million in costs to counties. Obamacare has not been a success in California, but it has generally been less unsuccessful in the Golden State than elsewhere, partly because the Obama administration saw California's program as a flagship, and the program enjoys voters' support.

Brown also wants to give the attorney general's office an additional $6.5 million to hire 31 people for its work suing the federal government over Trump's policies. "I think he should be given some latitude".

California Gov. Jerry Brown will release his updated budget proposal Thursday, with the state's economy holding steady but significant political uncertainty ahead. With this increase, the formula - which was slated to grow annually over several years - is now at 97 percent of the promised final funding levels, or up about $4,058 per student over 2011-12 levels.

Though, the Governor's revision remained cautious and "considerably more constrained" than any year since 2012.

Thursday's revised plan follows disappointing revenue numbers for April, the state's biggest tax filing month, but reflects a $2.5 billion uptick in estimated revenue through June 2018 compared to Brown's January package. But the governor does not plan to restore middle class scholarships and is instead phasing them out as proposed in January, due to limited funds and his desire to maintain a healthy rainy day fund that could help stave off future cuts if a recession hits. Jerry Brown will travel to China to discuss clean energy policy with worldwide leaders.

"Gov. Brown and his fellow Democrats are already diverting funding to their own pet projects", she said.

"This is a better budget than the one the governor proposed in January", said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood.

"In California, we don't live in a fixed world of straight-line revenues that keep rising and never go down, he said".

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Among the increases: $1.4 billion more to K-12 schools; $500 million - as promised previous year - for additional subsidized child care; and $400 million to counties to offset the cost of In-Home Supportive Services, which the governor has proposed shifting from the state to the counties.

A state proposal to shift $623 million in costs for In-Home Supportive Services to counties won't pack such a wallop for Stanislaus County's budget.

To get the money back, the UC system would have to take steps to balance its budget over the next year.

The state auditor was particularly critical of UC President Janet Napolitano, who has disputed auditors' findings.

Democrats who control the Legislature also have their disagreements.

Brown said the legislation was actually tax break for the wealthy. The projected deficit in his new plan is $400 million, due mostly to improved capital gains revenue. "That is a staggering figure, it would be more than the state spends on higher education and corrections combined".

Senator Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, issued a statement condemning what he called a "shell game" in the California Legislature to hide controversial spending policies into the budget without public scrutiny.

In early January, before the heavy winter rains arrived, the governor proposed increasing the state budget by $179 million to address the five-year drought.

The revised state budget includes $1.5 billion more for schools, grades K-12.

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