On the Docket: Governor’s Budget Proposals and ARRA Spending

As promised, we’re combing the Senate and Assembly daily files for hearings that may be of interest to our blog audience. Here are a few within the next week at the State Capitol in Sacramento worth following:

On Wednesday, March 17, a joint hearing of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment, and Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 will examine American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) expenditures for workforce development. In particular, policymakers will examine an apparent lag in the spending of funds allocated to California’s workforce development programs. The hearing will be at 1:30 in Room 437.  For background, see the CBP’s report on what the ARRA has meant for California.

On Thursday at 9:30 in room 4203, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services (affectionately known as “Sub 3”) will review the Governor’s proposed cuts to CalWORKs and IHSS, among other topics. For more about the Governor’s budget proposals, see our recent analysis. For more information about the increased demand for public programs such as CalWORKs during these tough economic times, see our report, Proposed Budget Cuts Come at a Time of Growing Need.

Not in Sacramento? You can listen to the hearings through the Assembly or Senate websites and may be able to follow all or some of the hearings on The California Channel.

— Lisa Gardiner

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