10:17 A.M. -- (Katie Orr) -- During the press conference Brown compared the state’s fledgling high-speed rail project to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Panama Canal. He says it’s something that would bring the state together and would contribute to California’s innovative spirit.
"No one is talking about the Marshall Plan or putting a man on the moon or the trans-continental highway," Brown said. "But I think California is still that generator of dreams and great initiatives."
Brown also wants to set aside $300 million for high-speed rail.
Among other allocations Brown is proposing: $1.6 billion in a rainy day fund and more than 800 million dollars for infrastructure projects including upkeep in state parks, highways, schools, courts and prisons.
9 A.M. (AP) -- A robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases has sent California's general fund spending to a record high, but Gov. Jerry Brown is pledging a somber approach to the windfall.
In introducing his budget proposal Thursday, the Democratic governor said beginning to pay down California's massive "wall of debt" must be a priority.
His budget proposal for the 2014-15 fiscal year dedicates $11 billion to paying down debts and liabilities, including $6 billion in payments that had been deferred to schools.
He also sets aside $1.6 billion for a rainy day fund to protect against future downturns, saying "wisdom and prudence should be the order of the day.
The record $106.8 billion general fund exceeds the spending level of just before the recession by more than $3 billion and is a nearly 9 percent increase over spending in the current fiscal year.
A copy of the plan obtained by Capital Public Radio projects that the state now has a $4.6 billion surplus for the current and upcoming fiscal years. Just three years ago the deficit was $25 billion.
In the proposal, Brown includes a significant increase in funding for schools and projects including parks, highways, courts and prisons.
It also includes:
- Health policy changes for the state’s Medi-Cal program
- Major investments in the environment and plans to spend $850 million in revenue from the state’s cap and trade program
- Giving the State Water Resources Control Board responsibility to run California’s Safe Drinking Water Program
Brown also proposes setting aside $1.6 billion for a rainy day fund.
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