State Schools Chief Lauds Governor's Proposed Budget

  • State Schools Chief Lauds Governor's Proposed Budget

State Schools Chief Lauds Governor's Proposed Budget

A finalized version of the budget must be approved by June 15.

His office reports that the state has 2.5 million adults between ages 25 to 34 years old who've earned a high school diploma but no college degree.

Given the uncertainty at the federal level and the likelihood of more federal cuts to social programs, the governor could strike "a better balance between putting funds away for later and boosting state investment now to help more households to make ends meet and climb the economic ladder, especially in light of our state's highest-in-the-nation poverty rate", said Chris Hoene, director of the California Budget & Policy Center, a think tank that focuses on how the state's budget policies impact poor and middle-class residents.

Working with community colleges, private colleges "are confident we can and will improve the number of transfers into our sector", said Kristen Soares, president of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities in a statement Wednesday expressing thanks for Brown's plan. "So, this is about steady-as-you-go, or exuberance followed by regret - and pain".

The $131.7 billion budget plan for 2018-19 would fill the state's rainy day fund, which stockpiles funding for a possible future economic downturn, and increase funding for a program supporting low-income students.

There is $120 million being proposed to creating the state's own online community college, which Governor Brown says would benefit students with high school diplomas who aren't accessing higher education.

Beyond those and a few other hand-picked spending increases, Brown wants to set aside almost all of his projected $6 billion surplus. But they'll surely seek to use much of the rest of it.

"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. Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), the chairwoman of the Senate's budget committee, hinting that she and her colleagues will be pushing for deeper investment in program funding. I applaud the Governor for bringing our budget reserve to 10% of the total state budget. As the state's lead penny-pincher, Brown must continue to hold firm even as he prepares to pass leadership to a new governor. He feels the UC and CSU don't do enough to keep their budgets under control. Last year, some members of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and faculty leaders expressed skepticism about online instruction being an effective option for students. Unlike 40 years ago, he said, the state now faces more up and down budget cycles.

The budget reflects the first full year of funding under the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1), which provides stable, long-term funding for both state and local transportation infrastructure.

Additionally, the budget again increases state support for the University of California and the California State University by 3 percent. "This is a golden opportunity to rectify that".

He's proposing a $190.3 billion spending plan today that accelerates funding for his signature education law and uses new gas tax revenue to fund $4.6 billion in new transportation projects. Voters turned their wrath on Brown's leadership by passing the Proposition 13 initiative in 1978, which amended the California Constitution to limit the legislature's ability to raise property taxes to increase spending.