Highlights of $115.4 billion California budget deal

Jun 16, 2015 7:45 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced a deal Tuesday for a record $115.4 billion state spending plan. It's a scaled-back version of a larger budget passed by the Legislature on Monday.

Here's a look at the spending plan for the year beginning July 1, which will return to the Legislature for a vote:


- Under a voter-approved education funding formula, state and local support for kindergarten through community college programs will rise from $60.9 billion in 2014-15 to $68.4 billion in 2015-16.

The additional money would go to expand childcare and early education funding as well as fund implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula that channels additional money to schools with high levels of low-income students and English-language learners.

In a sign of how much schools have benefited from the state's recovery, the Brown administration says K-12 funding will rise next school year by more than $3,000 per student since 2011.


- Funding for the state's higher education system climbs to about $17 billion.

- The California State University system gains $216 million a year to enroll more students transferring from community colleges and push more students to earn bachelor's degrees in four years.

- The University of California system gains an extra $120 million a year for its operating budget as part of a deal worked out with Brown. The system is eligible for another $25 million if it can enroll an additional 5,000 students by 2016-17, although UC officials call that unrealistic.


Democratic lawmakers won concessions from the governor to expand social services for the poor and others, including:

- $265 million to fund 7,000 additional state-subsidized preschool slots and 6,800 child care slots while increasing pay for the teachers and caretakers.

- $226 million to end recession-era cuts in payments to in-home caretakers for seniors and disabled people.

- $40 million to extend health coverage to children from poor families who are in the country illegally.


Brown rejected other spending proposals in the Legislature's approved budget, including:

- A companion budget proposal allowing child care workers to unionize.

- $103 million to eliminate a cap on state welfare payments meant to discourage low-income women from having additional children.

- $82 million to begin raising payments to doctors, dentists and providers in Medi-Cal, the state's health insurance program for the poor, which will instead be considered during a special session on health care funding.

- $66 million to increase monthly grants for poor seniors and people who are blind or have disabilities.


- The budget boosts the state's reserves to a total of $4.6 billion. It also pays off state debts, including $1 billion owed to schools and $765 million owed to local governments.


Source: California Department of Finance.

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