California governor Jerry Brown talks about new efforts to cope with climate change during a panel discussion at the 18th annual Milken Institute Global Conference on April 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

California Governor Jerry Brown’s new $122.5 billion budget proposal, released on Tuesday, reflects a cautious approach. With the state projected to run a $1.6 billion deficit, Brown said it was time to be prudent in spending on areas like education, child care and housing. Brown also warned of future economic downturns and a changing political climate in D.C. The governor also asked California legislators to approve the state’s cap and trade program in hopes of solidifying its financial success. In this hour, we’ll analyze Brown’s proposed budget and the future of California’s fiscal state.

Guests:
Marisa Lagos, reporter, KQED's California Politics and Government Desk
H.D. Palmer, deputy director, external affairs at California Department of Finance
David Chiu, assemblymember District 17, California State Assembly
Jessica Calefati, education reporter, CALmatters

  • Kurt thialfad

    I hope this state budget (as previous budgets have) does not include any funds for the for the legal defense of any alien in immigration court, because this is expressly forbidden by federal law.
    http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=(title:8 section:1229a edition:prelim)
    8 USC 1229a: Removal proceedings
    (4) Alien’s rights in proceeding
    In proceedings under this section, under regulations of the Attorney General
    (A) the alien shall have the privilege of being represented, at no expense to the Government, by counsel of the alien’s choosing who is authorized to practice in such proceedings,

    The key phase here is “at no expense to the Government”.

    • Skip Conrad

      As the caller stated: “Why do when spend on XYZ when it’s not required”.

  • Die.Leit

    Costs go up?!?! California has the highest taxes in the country and keeps spending more. That is the reason for the deficit.

  • Kevin Skipper

    Lol. So now it’s peri-retirement age elders who are refusing to split taxes between themselves and school aged groups? SMH
    That’s a pretty convenient way to ensure an ongoing conflict between those who are the most vulnerable and those who stand to benefit from broad-based tax increases.

  • rhuberry

    Tired of the prop 13 excuse. When it was passed homes purchased in the Bay Area were less than $100,000. Now many are in the million dollar range for the very same homes. No one could have imagined those sorts of prices in 1978 when Prop 13 was passed. Prop taxes on this high- priced real estate should be more than enough to fund schools. Pensions funded entirely by the state rather than state employees paying the employee share is the big problem.

  • Kevin Skipper

    Much of the discretionary funds have been committed to ‘infra-structure’ contracts that are likely to equate to ‘no-bid’ agreements in which only union workers and the food trucks that serve them will see increases in opportunity. These projects are likely to solidify the isolation and by-passability of more depressed communities.

    • William – SF

      Infrastructure projects include above and below ground improvements, and provide jobs for the engineering and construction industries, and benefit well California residents as users and employees. Funding is normally part state and part Federal. See http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/ for how bad it needs addressed.

      • Kevin Skipper

        Very nice. Will do.

  • Kevin Skipper

    Nice description. Room full of elders shuffling forms and paperwork while wearing green tinted visors. Sounds like the California State Budget is run like a small-town bingo parlor!

  • De Blo

    We need to have some sort of special surtax on renters, who do not pay property tax or contribute to the state. Currently, homeowners subsidize renters in this state, which is fundamentally unfair.

    • Bill_Woods

      From whom do you think landlords get the money to pay their property taxes?

      • De Blo

        Unfortunately, rent control and other anti-homeowner policies make it impossible for homeowners to properly pass their costs on to tenants.

    • pastramiboy

      hey Sar! hammering on those leaching renters again?

  • Noelle

    Gas prices are higher here due to pollution controls. Without that we would be choking in smog, if you like China and India levels of air pollution be my guest.

  • Kevin Skipper

    California’s weather is second only to it’s towns and neighborhoods. Enough diversity to keep operating costs low. Enough homogeneity to sell the image of safe, suburban, American neighborhoods. This is appealing to both affluent natives and immigrants thirsty for opportunity. Less appealing is the resulting market impaction. It makes it so that the less advantaged and underserved most decide, as they did after “Abolition’ and “Integration” between leaving their families seeking opportunity elsewhere and risk never being able to afford to return to the state. It appears, so far, that the costs and deficit are, for nearly all groups, worth the sacrifice and lack of mobility.

  • Curious

    California is the nation’s welfare queen. One eighth the nation’s population, one third of the nation’s welfare recipients.

  • De Blo

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but the primary problem with the California state budget is excess spending and excess taxation. We need to dramatically cut government spending of taxpayers dollars.

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