Category: Budget


Despite Record-Breaking Surplus, Newsom Fails to Invest in Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom released his Administration’s May Revision, detailing new and adjusted budgetary investments based on the state’s latest revenue projections. The Governor’s May Revision represents a $267.8 billion budget of which $196.8 billion is provided by state General Fund. Notably, despite a record-breaking $75.75 billion surplus, Governor Newsom fails to propose any new,…

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Senate Sub. 3 Considers California Can’t Wait Coalition Budget Request for Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce

This week, Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Subcommittees resumed hearings in preparation of the Governor’s May Revise Budget that will be released next week. On Tuesday, the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a hearing to review proposals under the purview of the Office of Statewide…

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LAO Sets Forth Framework for Federal American Rescue Plan Funds

This week, California Legislative Analyst Gabriel Petek issued a post setting forth a framework for the Legislature to allocate the anticipated $26 billion to be received by California from the recently enacted federal American Rescue Plan (ARP). Notably, the Legislature will face important decisions on to allocate California’s share of fiscal recovery funds. States have…

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LAO Estimates Costs of Expanding Medi-Cal to Undocumented Residents

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) this week issued an analysis of the estimated costs of expanding full-scope Medi-Cal coverage to all otherwise-eligible residents regardless of immigration status. The LAO notes their analysis is not of a specific legislative measure – such as AB 4 (Arambula) – but instead a cost estimate of a coverage…

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Legislature Reaches Deadline for Fiscal Bills, Focus to Shift to State Budget

Today, the California Legislature reached the deadline for bills with fiscal implications to be heard and advanced by policy committees to appropriations committees. Next week, the Legislature faces a similar deadline to hear and advance non-fiscal bills to the floor in the bills’ house of origin. Over the coming weeks, Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees…

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LAO Issues Report on State Appropriations Limit

This week, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) published a report detailing the state’s constitutional spending limit, also known as the Gann Limit, and its implications for the state’s budget for the upcoming and future fiscal years. By way of background, voters in 1979 passed Proposition 4, establishing a constitutional appropriations limit on the state…

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Legislature Continues Busy Schedule of Policy Committee Hearings, Governor Approves Wildfire Spending

This week, the California State Senate and Assembly continued with a series of policy committee hearings, amending measures and advancing bills through the legislative process. Recall, the Legislature has two weeks to hear and report any bills with fiscal implications in their houses of origin. Bills without any fiscal implications must be heard and reported…

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Senate Democrats Unveil 2021-22 Budget Priorities

This week, the California Senate Democrats released “Build Back Boldly: Senate Democrats Budget Priorities for 2021-22 and Beyond” detailing priority investments for the state as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The overall goals of the Senate Democrats include a more equitable economy that supports and improves pathways out of poverty, a stronger middle…

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Newsom Announces Surge in Firefighting Support Ahead of Peak Fire Season

Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced emergency action to increase the state’s firefighting capacity ahead of an anticipated difficult wildfire year. Using Emergency Fund authorization, the Governor approved $80.74 million for 1,399 additional firefighters with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to bolster fuels management and wildfire response efforts. Under the…

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