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.
Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg wants to exempt vehicle fuels from California’s cap-and-trade system, which they’re currently set to enter next year. Instead, he wants a carbon tax at the gas pump.
Affordable housing projects in California lost their most reliable funding source when the state dissolved redevelopment agencies a couple of years ago. Now, there’s growing support to find money for affordable housing once again.
Governor Jerry Brown says California’s different regions make it hard to develop water policies that would satisfy the entire state. Meanwhile, a lawmaker wants to quintuple state funding to the California Arts Council.
Governor Jerry Brown has landed a big win in court. The three judge panel overseeing state prisons has given the Brown Administration an additional two years to downsize the inmate population by another 5,000 inmates.
California is “in the money” once again with January revenues surpassing Governor Jerry Brown’s budget estimates.