"The worry is that the Legislature will say "spend more" when the reality is that we should spend less".
Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes (Yucca Valley) complained the budget fails to move California in the right direction.
May's revision also sets aside $50 million in funding for the University of California college system, on the condition that the UC system meets obligations related to activity-based costing, enrollment of transfer students, and recommendations by the State Auditor. Obamacare has not been a success in California, but it has generally been less unsuccessful in the Golden State than elsewhere, partly because the Obama administration saw California's program as a flagship, and the program enjoys voters' support. "And so I think as an initial investment I think it's reasonable but certainly I would be watching it carefully over the next year".
In the meantime, the governor's revised budget instantly touched off what will be weeks of intense negotiations with the Legislature, with legislative leaders quickly responding to the governor's starting point.
Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco, who chairs the budget committee, said Assembly Democrats will look to preserve a middle-class scholarship program; use tobacco tax money for payments to Medi-Cal doctors; and seek to increase funding for subsidized housing, debt-free college and reducing poverty.
Lawmakers have until June 15 to approve a balanced budget.
Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) said Browns May Revision of his budget proposal was "a flawless Democrat con job".
The Democratic governor foreshadowed future cuts to social spending, saying the state can't sustain yearly increases and continue to build the state's rainy-day fund.
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Those gains led Brown to include $1.4 billion in his 2017-2018 revised budget to continue to implement the Local Control Funding Formula, with funding directed to districts with low-income students, English learners and students in foster care.
California Governor Jerry Brown speaks in Sacramento, California, U.S. on January 9, 2014.
Thursday's revised plan carries the same cautious approach as Brown's January proposal, with a few notable changes.
"This is a better budget than the one the governor proposed in January", said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood. For K-12 schools, funding levels will increase by about $4,058 per student in 2017-18 over 2011-12 levels.
Mr. Brown, a Democrat, prioritized increased spending on schools, child care, transportation and a reduction in the state's pension liabilities. Even so, the budget is considerably more constrained than in any year since 2012. State attorneys general in Washington and Hawaii successfully sued to block Trump's executive orders restricting travel from some Muslim-majority countries, and California attorney general Xavier Becerra has pledged to defend the state's environmental standards and health care access.
The proposal also restores a $500 million increase in child care subsidies, raising the rates paid to providers to keep up with the state's rising minimum wage. "We've got ongoing pressures from Washington, and the economic recovery is not going to last forever", Brown said. The president has come under fire from some state lawmakers after an April audit showed her office failed to disclose the reserves - and that it interfered with a survey of campuses about the central administration's services, rendering the results invalid.
"As Governor Brown was scheduled today to release his updated spending plan, the Legislature passed 40 budget bills containing no content - zip, zilch, zero". The California Legislative Women's Caucus applauded Brown's child care proposal.
Other budget tweaks relate to the soaking California experienced this year.