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Gov. Brown: CA Deficit Gone, More Money for Poor Schools

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget Thursday morning.

Underprivileged schools would get more per-student funding than other schools across the state under a proposed budget unveiled by Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday.

"Our future depends not on across-the-board funding, but disproportionately funding those schools that have disproportionate challenges," Brown said at a press conference.

He also said most categorical funding for schools should be eliminated and the money delivered more directly.

"As you go up the line you lose control and build bureaucracy," the governor said. "We want to put the money into local schools, but create greater control."

Brown also said the state's deficit is gone for the first time in years, adding it could reduce its debt substantially by 2016.

"The deficit's gone; the wall of debt remains," Brown said, noting the state's $36 billion debt could be reduced to $4.3 billion by 2016. 

The budget proposed by Brown also increases per-student funding for all levels of education; by the 2016-17 school year, K-12 schools would see a $2,681 increase in spending for each student. At the CSU and UC levels, spending would increase by about $2,000 and $2,500 by 2016-17, respectively.

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Cody Kitaura (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 08:17 PM
From the governor's introductory letter to the legislature: "We are in this favorable position both because of the huge budget reductions that you have made in the last two years, and because the people voted for Proposition 30."
Jessie January 10, 2013 at 08:22 PM
If his lips are moving he's lying. He is spreading B.S.. We need to change the pension, Let the union take care of the money not the tax payers. All other (non public) unions take care of their pensions.
Jack Covert January 10, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Agree about pension reform. Disagree about the comment about spending. Spending on education is an investment that pays us back.
Kerry Jacobs January 10, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Very true Jessie. BIG REFORM is needed to public sector unions which will never happen.. And they can quit using my pirvet sector union dues to fund their currupt democratic politions. The people didnt vot for prop 30 Cody .. The uninformed under educated people voted for prop 30. But yes, the people must be garnished for it.. Fixed it for ya
Louise B. January 11, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Take a look at your property tax bill and add up all the tax and bond measures for schools. Then, add in the new tax that has not yet appeared on your current tax bill. We are spending quite enough, thank you. But we are not getting our money's worth. Last report I read stated that only 50% of high school graduates are proficient in math and English. If this was private enterprise, someone would be fired.
Greg January 11, 2013 at 02:24 AM
I can't help but wonder: 1. Is this "deficit is gone" is based on overly-optomistic estimates of revenue (again)? 2. How much of that "increase" in school spending is real (i.e. we have quit "borrowing" what we were supposed to give them anyway)
Richard Moore January 11, 2013 at 02:47 AM
He's counting on 2 things that won't happen.. 1. The population will be static or grow. 2. In spite of having the highest taxed (sales and income) small business will grow in the state and create all sorts of jobs.Why can't we legally smoke what Moonbeam is obviously smoking.
Richard Moore January 11, 2013 at 02:51 AM
He's counting on 2 things that won't happen.. 1. The population will be static or grow. 2. In spite of having the highest taxes (sales and income) small business will grow in the state and create all sorts of jobs.Why can't we legally smoke what Moonbeam is obviously smoking.
Mark Paxson January 11, 2013 at 03:12 AM
PERS without another dime of contribution or investment earnings has sufficient funds to cover all of its pension obligations for more than 20 years. Even without a dime of investment earnings, the State side of PERS fund would continue to grow as 15-20% of state payroll is contributed to PERS (5-10% by each employee, and the State's contribution). I don't disagree that local governments have a problem, but their problem does not affect the State's budget. Also, most of the pension abuses have occurred at the local level, not at the State level. You want to advocate for pension reform, go for it, but let's not blow the pension situation at the State level out of proportion.
Mark Paxson January 11, 2013 at 03:17 AM
From 2007-2008 to 2008-09, general fund expenditures dropped from $102B to $82B. They went back up to $93B two years later, only to drop back to $86B the next year and going back up to $95B the current year. I haven't yet looked at the proposed 2013-14 budget to see what proposed expenditures are, but GF expenditures have decreased significantly over the past five years. Increased revenues for next year come from two sources -- the slowly improving economy and Prop. 30.
Mark Paxson January 11, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Agreed.
Richard Bortolazzo January 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM
According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, California's population is not reproducing itself. In other words, the birth rate is dropping, and immigration into the state, combined with migration out, is leading to a population decline. Then, as a percentage of the population, seniors are the fastest growing group, resulting in the younger population having to support an ever increasing retired population. Increasing retirement costs, a smaller employed population to support those costs, and a stagnant economy due to lack of population growth will result in a difficult governmental revenue situation. This is just the beginning We are going to be hearing this stuff for years.
Sam Scrutchins January 11, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Brown is simply initiating his campaign for reelection. I don't trust a damned thing any politician says, on either side of the aisle. I'll see a balance budget with no debt in California when I see it--if it occurs in my lifetime.
Gary W Smith January 11, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Someone is just not getting it accurate. We are 49th in education success. The unfunded pension liability is in the billions. Don't kid yourself, California is not out of the woods nor are the current political leaders being honest. They just want to keep power by lying through their teeth - and we stupidly keep re-electing them. The definition of insanity - keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.
John January 11, 2013 at 05:45 PM
All that fancy talk and Prop 30 stuff kinda tells me tht I'm gonna pay more taxes? Thats how it always works!
John January 11, 2013 at 05:45 PM
All that fancy talk and Prop 30 stuff kinda tells me tht I'm gonna pay more taxes? Thats how it always works!
Pam Pinkston January 11, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Yeah, right---POOF and the 26 billion deficit is gone! If you believe that, you have NOT been paying attention. WAKE UP CALIFORNIA!!!!!!!!!
desertpatriot January 12, 2013 at 02:21 AM
mark, what level of state government do you work?
Gerard January 12, 2013 at 06:47 AM
If this was a private enterprise someone would be fired and someone would be getting very wealthy while limiting the access to education for a great many people and creating mountains of debt for many others. Education is our biggest key to social mobility towards the "American Dream", to limit access to it would further our already poor social mobility.
Bruce Rockwell January 12, 2013 at 07:42 AM
Where did you get that we are 49th in education success? According to the SAT and ACT tests, California is slightly above average. You may be confusing our education success with our commitment to funding education. There are at least a dozen reasons why education is much more expensive in a high cost of living, high income state like California, with a very diverse population. Despite the higher cost and greater demands on our education system, our level of funding commitment to our children, which is typically measured per $1,000 of income, is 49th in the country. We used to lead the nation in funding, and now we're almost dead last. And you guys want to blame the unions for why our schools aren't as successful as they used to be?
Mark Paxson January 12, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Interesting story in the Sacramento Bee today ... business leaders and Republicans are thrilled with the Governor's budget.
Jason January 12, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Haha. For every single American who dies or leaves California, an illegal has dropped down another litter.
Darren Dumas January 12, 2013 at 06:36 PM
How about discussing the elimination of categorical funds. At what level are they being eliminated? If it is at the individual school level, great. If at district level, we are screwed. I worked as the secretary of a middle school in charge of all incoming/outgoing funds. The categorical funding is a joke. We can only use money for the category it is in. If we don't use it all, we don't get that amount the next year. I can't tell you how many times we didn't need things in one category, but needed more $ than we had for the things we needed in the other category. We just spend the money on 'anything' in the one fund and buy a product which isn't what we need in the other because we don't have enough to buy what we really need. All of the accounts have to be at $0 by the end of the year or we lose it. It is absurd and needs to be fixed. I am for getting rid of categorical funds, but only at the school level. If it happens at the district level the schools still won't get what they need. The district office will just get bigger monitors. I've watched it happen. Of course, they don't ask those in the trenches what needs to happen. We let suits in an unrelated field make those decisions. If a private company were to run this way it would fail. The school system is failing. Could it have anything to do with that. Unions are not the answer. They just spend money from the paychecks from people that may not agree and haven't been in the classroom, and if they have it has been years.
Babaloo January 13, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Lies Lies Lies. Is all we hear from Politicians. I have not heard the TRUTH form a Politician in years. they are always "exploring options". first. if they would use the money for schools that they are supposed to use for schools they would be doing the world a "solid". second. "THE POOR SCHOOLS" well i don't know of any school that is "RICH". third. if you continue to "WASTE" money of things that are not important then you will continue to throw good money after bad. if students don't want to learn, cut them loose. why continue to waste your time with them when they do not value their education. let them go on and become the useless part of society they are going to become anyway. why waste money just put them in prison now. they do not realize what an opportunity they have. and they throw it all away. unwanted pregancies...lets go get an abortion. or NO how about take responsibility for your actions ? thats something new. make people RESPONSIBLE for their actions. But you cant do that because " it's not their fault" they didn't have an i phone like their friends did when they grew up, thats why they robbed and beat you.
Babaloo January 13, 2013 at 02:22 AM
THis is NONSENSE. if the money for the lottery should go to schools, then let it, but it doesn't. what is it used for ? my taxes have gone up, again. all you OBOMMA supporters should be happy , because the "rich" are being taxed so you can sit on your asses and collect a check. NO TRUE. now the middle class pays more tax
Annie R. January 13, 2013 at 05:52 AM
And Charles Ramsey wants to stick us with another parcel tax measure.
Robert Livesay January 13, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Our schools are not as successful as they used to be because of the demographics. Robbing from the rich to give to the poor never works.There are plenty oif schools in California that are very good. Do not take money away from successful schools to give to not so successful schools. Make success a model. Achievement can happen. It starts at home first then moves into the schools. There ar many low income districts that have achieved a very good rate of success. Not easy. I believe in our school system and believe it can work better. But money is not always the answer. Right here in Benicia we have done very well.
Garry Rowe January 13, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Joe, that's not going to happen since Brown is bought and paid for by the public service unions. The improvement in the budget is mostly smoke & mirrors. The responsibility was simply shifted to cities and counties without adequate funding. What good is a financially stable state if all our municipalities are broke?
Jason January 13, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Our schools were some of the best in the state before they started letting in the Vallejo residents en masse.
Babaloo January 14, 2013 at 06:08 AM
i don't think there are many of the kids from other towns left in our schools. i thought last year they had most or almost all of them go back to their schools ? i heard of several kids they were not going to allow to finish the year or go to prom last year, they threatened to kick out kids with a few weeks left in school. So i don't know about this one, cant blame all the vallejo kids, kids in Benicia are lazy too and are "entitled" like the other kids so...? can't put blame elsewhere,,,it's here in our town. take responsibility and make sure your house is in order before you cast blame....

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