Category: Budget


Governor Indicates Tax Receipts Higher than Forecasted

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that General Fund revenues are running approximately $14.3 billion above January’s revenue forecast, boosted by February receipts exceeding the month’s projections by nearly $4 billion. According to the Governor’s Office, nearly 60 percent of February’s gain is attributed to timing with lower refunds caused by later enactment of the…

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Legislature Continues Policy and Informational Hearings

This week, the California State Senate and Assembly continued to convene policy committee hearings on legislative bills, as well as informational hearings on a number of subjects, including those related to COVID-19. The Legislature will convene again next week before taking a one-week spring recess during the week of March 29. Numerous CHEAC-tracked measures continue…

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California Can’t Wait Coalition Formed to Urge Public Health Infrastructure Investments

The California Can’t Wait (#CACantWait) Coalition, consisting of CHEAC, HOAC, CSAC, RCRC, UCC, SEIU California, and Public Health Advocates, has developed a two-pronged proposal that would begin to reverse the decades-long disinvestment in local public health departments. The coalition’s budget proposal consists of $200 million General Fund ongoing to support local health departments in rebuilding…

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DOF Issues March 2021 COVID-19 Fiscal Update

This week, the California Department of Finance (DOF) released its March 2021 fiscal update on COVID-19 direct response expenditures. The report provides expenditure assumptions and cost estimates as of this month compared to the Governor’s 2021-22 Budget estimate released in January. DOF estimates the state’s combined total costs for its COVID-19 response across fiscal years…

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Assembly Committees Explore Health Investments, CalAIM Behavioral Health Components

This week, the Assembly convened hearings related to health coverage, Medi-Cal, and behavioral health. Below, we provide a high-level summary of these hearings of interest: Budget Subcommittee No. 1 Considers Health-Related Investments The Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday convened a hearing to review proposed investments under the…

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$6.6 Billion Package to Safely Return Students to In-Person Instruction Signed into Law

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 86, a $6.6 billion budget package that aims to accelerate the safe return to in-person instruction statewide and support schools in expanding academic, mental health, and social-emotional supports. Earlier in the week, the Governor, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced at…

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Senate Sub. 3 Hears Stakeholder Proposals, Including CHEAC’s Public Health Infrastructure Investments

Today, the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services convened a hearing to review a series of budget proposals that augment or modify the Governor’s January Budget Proposal. The Subcommittee received a high-level presentation of various budget investments in the California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency, Department of…

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Legislature Reaches Bill Introduction Deadline, CHEAC Issues First Bill Chart of 2021

Legislative activities in Sacramento continue to ramp up following last Friday’s deadline for lawmakers to introduce legislative bills in their respective houses. The Assembly introduced nearly 1,600 bills and the Senate introduced over 800 bills that will be considered by the Legislature over the coming months. In other related news, Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday…

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Legislative and Budget Hearings Cover Telehealth, COVID-19 Impacts, and Homelessness

This week, the California State Assembly and Senate held a number of hearings spanning a wide array of subject areas, including COVID-19, homelessness, telehealth, and proposed budget investments. Below, we provide a high-level overview of hearings held this week: Assembly Examines Telehealth Policy in California Post-Pandemic The Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday convened an informational…

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DOF Notifies Legislature of DREOA Extension to Support COVID-19 Response

This week, the Department of Finance (DOF) notified legislative budget leaders of the Newsom Administration’s intent to extend use of the state’s Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account (DREOA) for COVID-19-related emergency operations costs for an additional 120 days. In a memo to the legislature, the DOF highlights the Newsom Administration’s ongoing response efforts to the pandemic,…

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