Brown tore into California House Republicans who voted for the health care bill.
In his May Revise, the governor is asking that $50 million in funds originally intended for the University of California system be "sequestered" until the California State Auditor returns with recommendations on how to address findings that the UC Office of the President squirreled away $175 million. 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.
"There are unique litigation expenses right now, and the attorney general feels he wants to pursue those", Brown said. "I think they should think about their constituents".
In the meantime, the governor's revised budget instantly touched off what will be weeks of intense negotiations with the Legislature, with legislative leaders quickly responding to the governor's starting point. 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.
Bright spots in the governor's budget proposal include a much-needed $6 billion supplemental payment to the California Public Employees' Retirement System and a boost in the state's rainy-day fund, from $6.7 billion a year ago to $8.5 billion - which would be about two-thirds of the way to the constitutional goal of 10 percent of tax revenues.
Gov. Jerry Brown's state budget draft is a no-frills document reflecting fears about the policies of the Trump administration, a Republican-led Congress and the likelihood of an economic recession.
And Brown, flanked by a lurid, red-ink chart depicting California's potential Medi-Cal deficits, said the state would be hard-pressed to cover those cuts.
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Brown's budget also proposed a $15 million increase to expand legal services for immigrants seeking assistance securing legal status in the United States and fighting deportation.
State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat, called the proposal "better" than the initial January proposal but said it could nevertheless be made "even better".
Most of that will go to K-12 education.
The spending blueprint promises to build the state's reserves to $8.5 billion by the end of 2018, and extends $500 million from the general fund toward pay increases for child care providers. Even so, the budget is considerably more constrained than in any year since 2012. So - as is the case in many other states - the federal health-care uncertainty could present big problems down the road.
Brown also sparked controversy by proposing to use much of the money from a tobacco tax increase approved previous year by voters to cover normal growth in Medi-Cal, a publicly funded health plan that covers 1 in 3 Californians.
For county governments, which face about $600 million in higher costs for In-Home Supportive Services, the governor's revised budget lessens this impact by contributing $400 million.
"As Governor Brown was scheduled today to release his updated spending plan, the Legislature passed 40 budget bills containing no content - zip, zilch, zero. We've got ongoing pressures from Washington and the economic recovery, it's not going to last forever". The California Legislative Women's Caucus applauded Brown's child care proposal. State officials have put repairs at $275 million.
Meanwhile state parks would get $31 million in additional funding from the 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax that the Legislature passed this spring. Revenue in April - the most important month for tax collections because of the deadline for filing personal income taxes - fell far short of expectations.