Governor Brown Releases May Revision:
Deeper Cuts Proposed
Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown released the May Revision to his
2012-2013 California state budget proposal. Previous estimates had projected a
$9.2 billion shortfall for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, but revised estimates
bring the total deficit to $15.7 billion. The increased budget shortfall has
resulted in a May Revision that preserves many of the spending cuts originally
proposed in January of 2012 and includes additional changes and cuts to that
unduly impact low-income Californians, Californians with disabilities, working
families, and students
In order to balance the budget, Governor Brown is proposing a series of
spending cuts in addition to strategies aimed at increasing revenues. The
proposed spending cuts include more than $2 billion to health and human services
programs, including CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, and IHHS. Revenue strategies include a
Governor endorsed initiative which seeks to temporarily increase income and
sales taxes. If passed, it is estimated this tax measure could result in an
additional $5.6 billion for the general fund. Rejection of the tax measure would
trigger additional cuts.
The California state legislator must pass their own budget proposal by
June 15. The state budget year begins on July 1, 2012.
For more details and an in-depth breakdown of the Governor’s May Revision
proposal, please take a look at the materials developed by our community
California Budget Project
Center on Law and Poverty
CFPA prepared an analysis of the proposed cut in state reimbursement for
non-prop 98 child care facilities that participate in the Child and Adult Food
Care Program that has remained in the Governors May Revision proposal.
Click here for more information on these cuts.
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