Last year, the Department of Public Health came under fire for failing to spend almost a half billion dollars to provide drinking water to communities that need it.
Under Brown’s budget proposal, the State Water Resources Control Board would run the program in the future.
Jennifer Clary, with Clean Water Action, says she’s glad the program will be taken from the Department of Public Health.
"There, the drinking water program was a program, within the division under an agency in a department so it was such a lot of red tape to go through to accomplish things that we just got discouraged."
~Jennifer Clary, Clean Water Action
The proposal transfers $200-million and almost 300 positions. Brown’s budget says programs designed to protect drinking water are managed now by a number of agencies, a situation which reduces their effectiveness.
Four months after Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers announced “emergency drought legislation,” the vast majority of the money sits untouched.
School districts, teachers and state taxpayers will each chip in more money to stabilize the California State Teachers Retirement System under a measure signed Tuesday by Governor Jerry Brown.
Democrats are lauding the passage of California’s $156 billion budget while Republicans say state spending is becoming excessive.
California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders say they’ve reached a final budget deal.
California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have yet to announce a state budget deal – even though many of their compromises have been ratified by a joint Senate-Assembly conference committee