2012 Governor Brown’s Budget

For yet another year, the state of California is facing a budget deficit. That is, the state is scheduled to spend more money than it is expected to raise in revenues. Governor Brown has committed to solve the problem, through a balanced approach that includes proposals for cuts, as well as the expectation that voters will pass a ballot measure that would raise taxes and increase revenue for the state. The Governor estimates that the budget shortfall to be approximately $9.2 Billion.

Once again the cuts proposed by the Governor stand to hurt the most vulnerable in our communities. Cuts proposed under the Governor’s plan:

  • Almost $1 billion from CalWORKS, reducing the average monthly cash grant from $463 to $392, a 15.3 percent decrease;
  • More than $500 million from childcare and development programs, resulting in the loss of an estimated 62,000 child care slots;
  • About $170 million from In Home Supportive Services (IHHS) funding for elderly and disabled;
  • About $300 million in cuts to Medi-Cal, healthcare services for low income Californians
  • The Governor also makes cuts to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), Behavioral Health Programs, and the Department of Developmental Services

On top of these reductions, the Governor’s budget depends on passing a revenue proposal (tax increase) that is estimated to raise $4.7 billion in additional funds, if approved by voters. If such a ballot measure does NOT pass, the Governor proposes even worse cuts including:

  • $4.8 billion from public schools and community colleges;
  • $200.0 million from the University of California;
  • $200.0 million from the California State University;
  • $125.0 million from the courts;
  • $15.0 million from the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, resulting in a reduction to the emergency air response program and the closure of fire stations;

It’s critically important that we vote for, and pass, a revenue measure this year to avoid cuts that further devastate our school system, which has already been severely damaged from previous years’ cuts. Over the long term, until we reform Proposition 13 and restructure how California’s largest corporations and extremely wealthy pay taxes, we will continue to face cuts that hurt the most vulnerable in our community; children, the disabled and elderly, low income Californians without healthcare, un-or under-employed families.

To learn more about the Governor’s proposal visit The California Budget Project at www.cbp.org

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