But the $400 million that Brown promised last year to devote to affordable housing - as long as the state agreed to remove hurdles for developers, a plan so controversial that it failed to muster any support in the Legislature - was conspicuously missing from this year's budget.
Stone wondered how the governor could boast of "spending billions of dollars on anti-poverty programs (while) one in four children go to bed hungry every night in California".
The Governor's January budget proposal called for a one-year delay in providing rate increases to child care providers that were reflected in the 2016 Budget Act.
Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers criticized the plan as outsized spending, and particularly focused on the governor's continued advocacy for the state high-speed rail project.
Brown also pledged to expand health care coverage for undocumented students, but warned that if President Donald Trump's dire proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act is successful, deep, "ugly" cuts in California's budget would be necessary. This will be the first year of budget negotiations since voters approved a ballot initiative requiring legislation to be in print for 72 hours before it's approved by the Legislature, a factor that could complicate negotiations that often go down to the wire. "That could send the state budget into turmoil".
The Democratic governor asked for an additional $6.5 million to help state Attorney General Xavier Becerra - who Brown appointed - in likely legal confrontations with the federal government.
California Governor Jerry Brown speaks in Sacramento, California, U.S. on January 9, 2014.
"It would be a massive, gargantuan cut", said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access, a nonprofit that seeks expanded health care.
Brown is withholding $50 million from the UC system after a state audit found administrators hid $175 million in a secret account while asking students for more tuition money.
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Brown also sparked controversy by proposing to use much of the money from a tobacco tax increase approved a year ago by voters to cover normal growth in Medi-Cal, a publicly funded health plan that covers 1 in 3 Californians.
Funding for K-12 schools (including transitional kindergarten) will grow to $92.3 billion, a record high and an increase over Gov.
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.
"We do have to defend our rights", 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. "Most people think she's doing a pretty good job, and that's certainly the view of the regents and, I think, a lot of those here".
Senator Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, issued a statement condemning what he called a "shell game" in the California Legislature to hide controversial spending policies into the budget without public scrutiny.
The bill will raise funds through an increase in the state's gas tax, which increases spending by about $10 a month for California drivers. State officials have put repairs at $275 million.
Brown also proposed going forward with plans to boost wages for subsidized child-care providers by $500 million, reversing his January proposal to cancel the increase.
Brown is giving ground a little on child care and is cushioning a potential $600 million hit on counties for in-home aid to the infirm but is spurning demands for expanding the earned income tax credit for the working poor and other Democratic spending priorities.