Gov. Brown Unveils Spending Plan for FY 2017-2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $179.5 billion budget for the state’s 2017-2018 fiscal year on Tuesday, while issuing stark warnings about a looming $1.6 billion shortfall brought on by declining tax revenues. Brown’s plan will leave the state’s general fund at $122.5 billion. Spending on K-12 schools would increase from $71.4 billion to $73.5 billion with cuts elsewhere.

Brown’s budget proposal was unveiled with great uncertainty in mind, due in part to incoming President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress. The President-Elect has promised to repeal the health care law that currently serves 5 million people in the state, for instance, and has threatened to cut off federal funding for so-called “sanctuary cities.”

“If they go down that road, it will be extremely painful for California,” Brown said of plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The Mercury News has highlights of Brown’s spending plan for transportation, education, health and human services, and the environment.

Members of the Legislature immediately blasted it for being too conservative.

"This is not a time to eliminate important programs that lift up the middle class,” said Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento. He and other lawmakers differ significantly with the Governor on future projections, as the Legislature’s nonpartisan budget expert, Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, has projected a surplus of up to $2.8 billion. Those differences will take center stage over the next six months of budget negotiations.

There was at least one thing everyone could agree on in Brown’s proposal though: a dedication to the late Sutter Brown, the governor’s beloved Corgi who passed away last month.

For Sutter Brown

“Save some biscuits for a rainy day.”

Who knew Brown’s budget proposal would be giving us the feels?


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