Next week is going to be a big week in budget and policy land. On Monday, some of California Forward’s proposals to modify the budget process will be heard in the Assembly Budget Committee. The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 in Room 4202 in the State Capitol.
On Friday, May 14, the Governor is expected to release his much-anticipated May Revise, an updated budget proposal based on the latest revenue estimates and policy proposals. The CBP will release an analysis of the May Revise on Friday, so stay tuned and check our website. All signs point to another tough budget year for the Golden State. In a Sacramento Bee op-ed this week, CBP Executive Director Jean Ross offered her take on this year’s budget challenges. She writes that “while the solutions won’t come easy, priorities should. As policymakers tackle another shortfall in a still-sputtering economy, they should support the public structures that have long been the backbone of our economic prosperity – our world-class universities, community colleges, and schools – and help those Californians hardest hit by the economic downturn. To do that, they must choose a balanced approach over ideological rigidity.” You can read the op-ed here.
— Lisa Gardiner