Gov. Brown: CA Deficit Gone, More Money for Poor Schools

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget Thursday morning.

Underprivileged schools would get more per-student funding than other schools across the state under a proposed budget unveiled Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

“Our future depends not on across-the-board funding, but disproportionately funding those schools that have disproportionate challenges,” Brown said at a press conference.

He also said most categorical funding for schools should be eliminated and the money delivered more directly.

“As you go up the line you lose control and build bureaucracy,” the governor said. “We want to put the money into local schools, but create greater control.”

Brown said the state's deficit is gone for the first time in years, adding it could reduce its debt substantially by 2016.

“The deficit's gone; the wall of debt remains,” Brown said, noting the state's $36 billion debt could be reduced to $4.3 billion by 2016. 

The budget proposed by Brown also increases per-student funding for all levels of education; by the 2016-17 school year, K-12 schools would see a $2,681 increase in spending for each student. At the CSU and UC levels, spending would increase by about $2,000 and $2,500 by 2016-17, respectively.

The governor's office touts the following claims of his budget: 

  • Maintains Long-Term Fiscal Stability
  • Invests in Education and Increases Local Control
  • Increases Funding to Strengthen Higher Education and Increase Affordability
  • Implements Federal Health Care Reform

Click here if you'd like to view the full budget, and budget reports.

What do you think of the proposal?  Tell us in the comments below.

ATC January 10, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Sounds OK...on paper. But remember that this is just a "proposed" budget. The Democratic "supermajority" have already made it clear that they will push to restore many government services that were rolled back in recent years (increasing spending even more), and they have the numbers to easily override any veto by the Governor. Keep in mind also that this budget is based on "projected" revenue from the Prop 30 tax increases. Those are pegged at $6 billion, while the Governor's budget increases spending by $6.3 billion, and actual revenues realized from tax increases usually tend to be lower than projected.
Laurie January 11, 2013 at 01:55 PM
He's flat out lying... what do we expect? Just wait and see... taxes WILL go up, both at the checkout line AND your tax return. Spend & tax... that's all we will see. How about we stop supporting illegals?
Diego Rose January 11, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Yes taxes is going to go up everywhere because that is the only way government generates money! The unfortunate part of that is that the naive public has been sold on voting for a lot of the new taxes. The perfect example is prop 30. The scare tactic used was that we needed more money for education in the state. The public is always swayed by "the children", protecting and giving the kids everything. The fact is that money does not equal a better education. The US has proven that more than any other country around the world. The more money we have dumped into the US education system, the worse it has become over the last 20 years. Still, the public is sold on the scare tactic and 30 gets passed by a narrow margin. All that was achieved by the passing of 30 is more money in the hands of people who are self serving and unaccountable for said results. If we as a country insisted on job performance and accountability more than we do, in every arena, we would begin to find ways to use what we have with better results. I guarantee you that any small business owner is attempting this everyday. Why then do we not have the same being done in government, local and national!? Hopefully the American public's apathy is dissipating and the spirit of liberty will begin to rise again. More taxes to get the country/state out of debt is ridiculous. All public servants need to get better at spending other peoples money! Period!
Concerned Parent April 28, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I wonder how Jerry Brown personally benefits from his strategy to destroy this beautiful state of CA. Is he getting kickbacks, "paid presentations" to unions or is he so naive to believe that his crazy ideas will work? He is lying to all of us, but there are enough not very smart people who believe him.


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