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State Budget Deal Reached

Friday, June 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
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State Budget Deal Reached

 

The California Legislature approved a $125 billion dollar general fund budget yesterday evening. Facing a June 15 constitutional deadline to pass a spending plan, Governor Brown and Democratic leaders of the Senate and Assembly attained an agreement earlier in the week. Specifics of the 2017-2018 budget include the following:

 

 

  • Fast-tracks $2.8 billion towards enhancing commutes, fixing roads, reinforcing overpasses and bridges, and building mass transit.
  • Targets $546 million towards healthcare access, family planning and care for the developmentally disabled.
  • Prioritizes Public Education by spending a record amount on K-12 schools, increasing per pupil spending to over $11,000.
  • Funds CalGrants and encouraged graduation with $25 million in completion grants at the Community Colleges and $12.5 million in graduation incentives at CSU.

In addition to the main budget bill, the legislature considered numerous budget-related bills addressing a variety of issues, ranging from cannabis regulation to an overhaul of the Board of Equalization by forming a new agency in its place. However, a few proposals related to the spending plan will remain for a few weeks. These "trailer bills" can be employed well into the fiscal year, and with a simple majority vote in both houses, would take effect immediately.

 

The spending plan now heads to Governor Brown for signature. The one-year budget will take effect July 1.


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