Representatives react to Gov. Brown's budget proposal

Jerry Brown unveils $132 billion California budget for 2018-19

Given the way California now collects taxes, Brown said the state must rely on a budget surplus rainy day fund for dips in the economy.

It would bring the "piggy bank", as the governor called it, to 65 percent of the level mandated by Proposition 2, which voters passed in 2014. Brown's spending plan acknowledged the uncertainty caused by federal policy, including Congress' failure to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The budget also would include funding to restart the state's court construction program to complete 10 courthouses.

"The amount and timing of revenues generated from the new taxes are uncertain and will depend on various factors including local regulations, and cannabis price and consumption changes in a legal environment", Brown's budget says.

Jerry Brown (D) laid down a plan to suggest entirely financing the state's rainy day account even as he appreciated lawmakers in the staggeringly Democratic state legislature would like to utilize a multi-billion dollar budget surfeit to enhance state disbursing someplace else.

When combined with more than $100 million in settle-up payments for prior years, the budget proposes an increased investment of $4.6 billion in K-14 education.

Brown's budget includes $18.7 billion for transportation programs and improvements, up from the $18.1 billion allocated previous year, a modest 3 percent increase.

"That's the beginning of kind of this dance - the state budget negotiation dance, if you will", is how state Sen.

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"We have to be on our guard", he said. Dodd's district, which includes all or portions of Napa and Sonoma counties, was heavily impacted by the wildfires in October.

The governor argued that the state moved to a less stable tax situation relying more heavily on income taxes and capitol gains taxes. "I will be working with the administration and my colleagues in the Legislature to expand our efforts on disaster recovery and preparedness".

The budget proposes a total increase of $570 million (4 percent) for community colleges, including a new funding formula that encourages colleges to enroll underrepresented students and rewards colleges for improving students' success in obtaining degrees and certificates.

Brown also called for $46 million to give community colleges the option to offer one year of free tuition to eligible students. Delivering a final, frugal, fiscally responsible budget would be a parting gift to Californians who elected him governor - not once, not twice, but four times - and to the next California governor as well.

"It's absolutely critical that the state pay down debts and building our rainy day fund, while investing in critical services", he said.

"My Senate Republican colleagues and I are advocating for a pragmatic "2-2-2" framework that ensures the surplus will not be squandered on spending we can not afford", Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said in a statement.

Local lawmakers are reacting to the budget. Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) said in a statement. But many Republicans hope voters will overturn the tax and fee hikes, part of last year's transportation funding law, in this November's election - the same election in which voters will pick Brown's successor.

Republicans generally praised the governor's fiscal caution but want any extra money to be spent not on social services, but instead on paying down pension and retiree health care debt - and on infrastructure.

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