Category: Budget


Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee Holds Hearing on Medi-Cal Coverage and Prescription Drug Affordability

On Thursday, the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee convened an informational hearing on Medi-Cal coverage expansions and prescription drug affordability: Medi-Cal Expansion The hearing featured a presentation from Laurel Lucia from the UC Berkeley Labor Center, detailing California’s current landscape of health care coverage and gaps as identified in their recently released report, “Toward…

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Joint Assembly and Senate Hearing Considers Options for Funding Health Insurance Affordability Assistance

On Monday, a joint Assembly Health, Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1, Senate Health, and Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 hearing, chaired respectively by Assembly Member Wood, Assembly Member Arambula, and Senator Pan, convened to explore health insurance affordability challenges in the individual market. Dr. Wood, in his opening remarks, commented on the great success California has had…

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LAO Issues Analysis of FY 2019-20 State Medi-Cal Budget

On Wednesday, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released its analysis of Governor Gavin Newsom’s FY 2019-20 budget proposal related to Medi-Cal. The governor’s budget estimates the Medi-Cal budget at $20.7 billion General Fund ($98.5 billion total funds) in 2018-19, which is a significant $2.3 billion General Fund downward adjustment relative to the 2018-19 Budget Act….

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Budget Committees Hold Informational Hearings on Budget Overview, Emergency Preparedness and Response

The California Legislature continues to ramp up its activities for the 2019-20 Legislative Session with a steady stream of bill introductions and the continuation of issue-based overview hearings. This week, two budget committee hearings were convened to discuss topics that will be deliberated throughout the current session. Assembly Budget Committee Hearing on FY 2019-20 Budget…

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Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Holds Budget Overview Hearing

On Thursday, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee convened their first hearing on Governor Newsom’s FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget. Opening the hearing, Committee Chair Holly Mitchell provided brief remarks regarding the Newsom Administration’s extensive investments in education and health and human services proposals, as well as its prudent approach to paying down state liabilities…

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LAO, Legislative Budget Committees Release Overviews of Governor’s Proposed Budget

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) on Monday released its overview of Governor Gavin Newsom’s FY 2019-20 Budget Proposal. The LAO report assesses the state’s current budget position, discusses the Governor Newsom’s budget priorities and spending proposals, and areas for consideration as the Legislature begins its budget deliberations. As part of the assessment of the…

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Newsom Releases $209 Billion Budget, Prioritizes Education, Health and Human Services

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed FY 2019-20 State Budget, proposing significant expenditures in the state’s fiscal health and new initiatives. The proposed budget totals $209 billion ($144 billion General Fund) and projects a $21.4 billion surplus. The total budget represents a four percent increase from last year’s budget. In a nearly two-hour…

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Assembly Releases Budget Blueprint

This week, Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting held a press conference to release the Assembly’s  budget blueprint. Asm. Ting’s blueprint, “Funding Progress, Protecting Tomorrow,” details actions necessary to ensure fiscal responsibility while funding key Democratic priorities. During his press conference, Asm. Ting discussed the importance of placing funds in the reserve, directing funds to one-time…

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LAO Publishes 2019-20 Fiscal Outlook Report

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) on Wednesday published its report, “The 2019-20 Budget: California’s Fiscal Outlook,” which assesses the status of the state’s budget in anticipation of upcoming state budget process. The report finds that the state budget “is in remarkably good shape” and, using its revenues and spending estimates, determines the state’s constitutional…

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Governor Brown Signs the 2018-19 State Budget

On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed his final budget, the Budget Act of 2018 (SB 840), while highlighting his significant accomplishment of taking the state from a $27 billion deficit to one that continues to save for the next recession and includes significant investments for combating homelessness, protecting immigrants, and providing K-14 and higher education….

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