Category: Budget


Legislature Finalizes Budget Actions Ahead of July 1 Fiscal Year Beginning

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom and Legislative leaders announced the parties reached an agreement on a final budget deal for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Recall, last week, the Legislature passed a budget blueprint meeting the constitutional deadline to pass a budget bill by June 15; however, the majority of the details of the blueprint remained…

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Newsom Declares Budget Emergency, Allows Access to Rainy Day Fund

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring a statewide budget emergency, making available additional resources to fund the state’s ongoing emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Governor’s Office, the move will further ensure the availability of funding for personal protective equipment (PPE), medical equipment and other related expenditures necessary to…

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County Officials Urge $1 Billion Realignment Backfill

On Monday, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), in conjunction with county affiliates CHEAC, CBHDA, and CWDA, convened a virtual press conference to urge the Legislature and Newsom Administration to include at least $1 billion in realignment backfill for critical county-delivered safety net services in the 2020-21 state budget. The press conference featured Los…

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DOF Notifies Legislature of COVID-19 Funding Augmentation to CDCR

The Department of Finance (DOF) on Wednesday notified Senate and Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairs of its intent to augment funding to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) utilizing emergency COVID-19 funding appropriated by the Legislature in March. DOF indicated $16.9 million will be made available to CDCR to reimburse counties for…

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Senate, Assembly Move Toward Finalization of 2020 Budget Act

This week, the Senate and Assembly each took a series of actions as they work to meet the June 15 constitutional deadline to pass a budget. Below, we detail these actions: Senate Subcommittee No. 3 Examines Health and Human Services Issues On Sunday, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and…

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LAO Issues Report on Medi-Cal Caseload Figures, Estimates Administration Overstates General Fund Costs

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recently issued a report detailing Medi-Cal caseload and cost changes included in the Governor’s FY 2020-21 May Revision. In its report, the LAO assesses the Newsom Administration’s caseload projections, determining that the Administration’s caseload figures are on track with the LAO’s Spring Fiscal Outlook. However, the LAO finds the Administration’s…

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DOF Notifies Legislature of $1.8 Billion Transfer to Support COVID-19 Response

Late Thursday, the Department of Finance (DOF) notified Senate and Assembly budget and appropriations committee chairs of the Newsom Administration’s intent to transfer $1.831 billion to the Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account (DREOA) to support the state’s ongoing response efforts to COVID-19 through the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2020. DOF details allocations…

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