Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Brown capers defense with California's allocation surfeit

Brown capers defense with California's allocation surfeit

The governor's spending plan would allocate $4.6 billion in new transportation funding in fiscal 2018-19 including $2.8 billion to fix neighborhood roads, state highways and bridges, $556 million for trade and commute corridors, $200 million for high-priority transportation projects and $721 million for passenger rail and public transit modernization. That would leave the state with $13.5 billion in reserves that it could use if the economy sours. Another $2.3 billion would go to the state's operating reserve fund.

Citing "widespread interest in treating the emerging adult offender group similar to today's juvenile offender population", Brown's new budget proposes creating a "young adult offender pilot program" at two sites in the state. Included in the community colleges budget increase is $46 million for the first year of implementation for Assembly Bill 19, which allows colleges to waive tuition for first-time, full-time students.

"My Senate Republican colleagues and I are advocating for a pragmatic "2-2-2" framework that ensures the surplus will not be squandered on spending we can not afford", Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said in a statement.

California is one step closer to having a fully online public community college.

However, the UC released a statement on the same day that the increase in funding is still less than what was anticipated under a previous agreement between the University and the governor, and that it does not include funding for UC enrollment growth. Over the same time period, funding for state financial aid that primarily supports low-income and first-generation students has increased by $623 million to a total of $2.3 billion.

Gov. Jerry Brown this week predicted that his 2012 pension law will survive union challenges in court and blow a hole in the so-called "California rule" that has restricted changes to public employee retirement plans for half a century.

State legislators have proposed a plan that would let California taxpayers pay their state taxes to a special fund that could be counted as a charity, in order to get around the tax bill's limitation of federal deductions for state and local tax payments.

Gov. Brown's $190 Billion State Budget
Brown capers defense with California's allocation surfeit

In a state budget proposal issued on Wednesday, Gov. "The governor could start by refunding the money to Californians who paid the now suspended fire prevention fee, and by reconsidering the need for his catastrophic gas tax hike". With $3 billion in new proposed funding for the formula in 2018-19, the budget will achieve full implementation of the formula two years ahead of schedule.

Mr. Brown has been preaching frugality for years - he kicked off one past budget talk with Aesop's fable about the thrifty ant and the lazy grasshopper.

Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano, who is chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, is pleased with that particular move.

"Californians worked incredibly hard to pay these record high taxes and deserve the absolute best return for their hard work", said Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel. "A constitutional amendment I authored, ACA 5, which will be on the ballot for voter approval in June, guarantees that revenue from the Act will be spent only on transportation projects".

California's state government has opposed offshore drilling for almost 50 years, despite the presence of lucrative fossil fuel deposits, following an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969. "I will be working with the administration and my colleagues in the Legislature to expand our efforts on disaster recovery and preparedness".

"As it relates to poverty, the governor stated that unlike other states, California has a good system of support, but it is modest", said Sen.

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