Governor Brown's Budget Proposal Provides $9.5 Million for Public Libraries

Governor Brown's Budget Proposal Provides $9.5 Million for Public Libraries

An update to the budget will come out in May, and the state Legislature and the governor must come to agreement on the final spending plan for 2018-19.

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. But half of future additional funding would be tied to enrollment size; a quarter would depend on how many students receive state financial aid based on being from low-income families; and the remaining quarter would be tied to the number of degrees and certificates granted and the share of students who completed them within three years. The sole way of preparing is to observing your spending amount each year and accumulates the emergency fund. His proposal convoys $5 billion into a rainy day fund generated by voters in the past with the objective of passing the fully furnished $13.5 billion fund to his successor.

"The key to this budget is that California has a very volatile tax system", Brown said.

About the State Library:Founded in 1850, the California State Library has an extensive collection of documents from and about the state's rich history, ranging from books, maps, miners' diaries, newspapers, and periodicals to photographs, paintings and posters. The governor has until June 30 to sign the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Another $4.6 billion would go toward transportation projects, including $2.8 billion for roads and bridges and $721 million for passenger rail and public transit. Brown said Wednesday. "And for that reason, if none other, we are going to keep this steady as we go".

Brown earned the nickname "Governor Moonbeam" in his first stint as a budget-busting progressive governor in the 1970s.

But legislative Democrats still have a lot they'd like to accomplish in the state.

Brown is using some of a projected surplus to speed up the full funding of his 2013 education reform, the Local Control Funding Formula. The plan for these funds will be announced in conjunction with the Governor's State of the State Address.

Responding to a question on how the governorship has changed over the 40-plus years Brown served his four terms as governor, he began by saying, there is more money circulating now.

While Mr. Brown warned of a slowdown Wednesday, he also touted increased funding in the state's public schools and infrastructure programs as well as his efforts to pay down debt taken on by previous administrations. I applaud the Governor for bringing our budget reserve to 10% of the total state budget.

For their part, Republicans in the Legislature see this as an opportunity to push the message that Californians are overtaxed - and to ask that the surplus to be refunded to taxpayers.

Personal income taxes came in 25% higher at $11 billion in December.

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