Analyst says California governor undercounts crime savings

Feb 12, 2016 8:34 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's nonpartisan legislative analyst says Gov. Jerry Brown is undercounting the savings from a voter-approved measure that cut penalties for drug and property crimes.

The budget Brown proposed last month provides $29.3 million in funding for community rehabilitation programs from Proposition 47.

Friday's legislative analysis says that may be $100 million too low.

It says the administration is underestimating the savings, overestimating the costs, and letting some agencies keep savings that should go to community programs.

The Legislative Analyst's Office recommends that legislators increase the funding in the budget they approve.

The 2014 ballot measure called for the savings to go to mental health and substance abuse programs, crime victims, and to reduce school truancy.

Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer says the administration will continue budget talks with lawmakers.

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