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Funding for almost 3,000 new preschool slots that would not have been created under Governor Jerry Brown's original 2017-18 budget proposal will be restored under the revised proposal released Thursday. Education advocates insist schools should be getting more money. He's also rolling back a plan to cut a half-billion dollars for child care for low-income families.
The Brown administration says if the American Health Care Act is signed into law, the state could lose $5.4 billion starting in 2019, and that loss could grow to nearly $24 billion in 2026.
Under the proposal, K-14 education funding would increase by $3.2 billion over last year, for a total increase of $27.3 billion (58 percent) since fiscal year 2012-13.
"Pensions in California are on the verge of extinction if we continue to approve state budgets, year after year, without addressing the needed reform that will prevent the catastrophic collapse of our retirement system", said Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point. In a statement, she said the spending plan undermines Brown's reputation for fiscal constraint and raises the threat of budget deficits.
"The changes. mean that for the next two years, counties will be able to avoid major cuts to critical programs and services that would have been devastated if the January budget had remained as it was", he said. Although most of the gas tax goes to fund road repairs and other transportation projects, tax revenues from gas sold to boaters and off-highway vehicles goes to State Parks, which would use it to upgrade roads, water systems and campgrounds.
Thursday's revised plan carries the same cautious approach as Brown's January proposal, with a few notable changes.
The revised budget will leave $400 million of the program's cost with the state and gradually shift costs to counties in the future. Counties would see IHSS costs of $141 million next year, $129 million in 2018-19, $230 million in 2019-20 and $251 million in 2020-21.
Most of that will go to K-12 education.
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So - as is the case in many other states - the federal health-care uncertainty could present big problems down the road. We've got ongoing pressures from Washington and the economic recovery, it's not going to last forever".
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Still, Brown stood his ground on other elements of his January budget that irritated lawmakers and powerful interest groups, including the elimination of the middle-class college scholarship program.
- Rachel Linn Gish, spokeswoman for the left-leaning advocacy group Health Access: Revenue from California's recently raised tobacco tax should be used to give more money to Medi-Cal and Denti-Cal, health and dental care programs for the state's neediest residents, Gish said.
The revision withholds $50 million in additional University of California funding until it complies with the recommendations of a recent scathing audit which found administrators have stashed $175 million in reserves under the nose of lawmakers. "And so I think as an initial investment I think it's reasonable but certainly I would be watching it carefully over the next year".
"One of the things you do when you're 79 is you think a lot about the past", he said.
The announcements set off the final round of budget negotiations between Brown and the Legislature over the next month.
The fourth-term governor said California will continue to fight the federal government's push to replace former President Barack Obama's landmark health care law, and called the health care bill that passed the House of Representatives last week an "abomination".
"The governor is extremely mindful that we've had boom-and-bust cycles in the past, and we want to smooth those cycles out", said H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for Brown's finance department.
AP writers Don Thompson and Sophia Bollag contributed.
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