The CBP has released the following statement from Executive Director Chris Hoene in response to this morning’s release of Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision to his proposed 2013-14 budget:
“Today’s May Revision improves on the Governor’s January budget proposal in some key ways, while also underscoring the daunting challenges still facing our state. The May Revision moves California toward a state-led expansion of Medi-Cal and affirms the Governor’s proposal to restructure school finance to provide additional dollars for districts with high concentrations of disadvantaged students. At the same time, the Governor’s revised budget reflects an outlook for the coming year that’s worse than expected, due to recent federal actions and weak economic growth. And this is with poverty and long-term unemployment still high in the wake of the Great Recession, and with a safety net and critical employment services severely weakened by recent years’ spending cuts. The budget realities underlying the May Revision show why California needs to work toward a long-term approach that strengthens state and local revenues and makes the necessary investments in our economy and our communities.”
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Tomorrow, the CBP will release its initial analysis of the May Revision, highlighting key changes and important new policy proposals — and the issues they raise for the state budget debate. The CBP will also release additional commentary and analysis in the days that follow.
— Steven Bliss