Gov. Brown’s Budget ‘Holds Kids Hostage’

JAN. 6, 2011

By KATY GRIMES

In Gov. Jerry Brown’s world, welfare recipients are cashing in, while school children continue to get short-changed.

Brown released his 2012-13 budget plan Thursday, warning that spending on K-12 schools, state universities and courts will be reduced if California voters fail to pass his $7 billion tax-increase initiative in November.

Brown said his plan would eliminate the deficit and pay down debt — but only if California voters pass his tax increase initiative. If not, automatic trigger cuts will go into effect and cut K-12 school spending by $4.8 billion, state university spending by $400 million, and the state’s courts by $125 million. “These are not nice cuts, but that’s what it takes to balance the budget,” he said.

The governor said the state’s budget shortfall for fiscal year 2012-13, which starts July 1, 2012, was $9.2 billion. He said that number was more manageable than the $26.6 billion deficit the Legislature produced for the current budget year, fiscal 2011-12, which ends on June 30.

Brown said he was making more cuts to the state’s welfare and health programs. But in a “Groundhog Day” moment, Brown insisted, “This is an honest budget, and a sign of good things to come,” the same point he made during last year’s budget proposal.

But the reality in California is that the state’s welfare system receives more money than K-12 education. And the top 1 percent income and corporate taxpayers pay for nearly everything.  “The 1 percenters should be partying with the mayor in Oakland,” a Capitol pundit told me.

Education Spending Confusion

At his press conference, Brown continued to sell “schools in need.” However, he is merely “ramping up entitlements in non-education areas while continuing to hold school children hostage,” said one education expert who asked to remain anonymous.

The governor said that eliminating education-spending mandates, and removing restrictions on class sizes, was a way to give school districts more flexibility to spend their money as they saw fit.

“If they think they can save some money by adding a few kids to class, then they should be able to do that,” Brown said.

Brown’s latest budget proposal was released five days earlier than planned because the budget was leaked out. This new budget proposal will spend $92.5 billion next year, $6 billion more than the previous budget. And it assumes voters will support more tax increases.

But with each update of the budget, the deficit appears to get smaller, due to a slight improvement in California’s economy. If spending continues to outpace revenues, the state budget can never be balanced.

“The governor and legislators need to reform California’s perpetually flawed budget process and examine every department and every expenditure of government,” Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, told me. “A performance-based or a zero-based budget, with a hard spending cap and a reserve, would be a very good start.”

Deja Vu All Over Again

“It’s not wine and roses — it’s a very prickly path,” Brown said of the budget cuts. Brown explained that because the state of California is generous with social programs, “when we have to reduce, it has to come from the programs that are doing well — the public service programs.”

“The problem was worse than we thought,” Finance Director Ana Matosantos said about the budget last year. However, Brown attributed “missing the mark” to the federal government refusing to allow California to reduce Medi-Cal payments.

But Brown insisted that this is an honest budget, just as he did last year.

Ramping Up State Spending

After delivering the bad news, Brown got excited when talking about increasing spending in some areas. “California is recovering. Fiscal health is improving. People in California can feel more confident,” Brown said.

Then he talked about increasing spending and the “bold moves” he plans on making with High-Speed Rail, alternative energy and water. “We are the innovator state — Apple Computer, diversity, international trade, Hollywood — but we’ve got our problems.”

And there was no mention at the conference of Brown’s proposal to create an entirely new state agency, the Department of State Hospitals, found on pages 13-16 of the state budget.

A memo from the governor explained the creation of the new state hospitals department, “To create an efficient system of care focusing on effective treatment and increased worker and patient safety, the Budget establishes a new Department of State Hospitals.”

The budget also “reflects the first year of implementation of the AB 32 Cap and Trade program.” However, many are questioning where and how AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, gives the Governor the authority to raise the money, and put it in the general fund.

The governor’s plan states, “Through a market approach, the program will create fiscal incentives for businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The proceeds generated from the program, potentially $1 billion in the first year, will be used to invest in clean energy, low-carbon transportation, natural resource protection, and sustainable infrastructure.”

A market compliance approach doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a monetary system.  Therefore, this spending would need a two-thirds approval from the legislature, something that the governor does not currently have.

It’s also unclear what will happen with taxes, as several other tax-increase measures could be on the ballot this November.

Similar to the “Groundhog Day” movie, every day Californians wake up with the same governor advancing the same tax increases to pay for the same excess spending.

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  1. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 6 January, 2012, 12:54

    Huge education cuts are needed. We shouldn’t have to fund education for illegal foreigners. No other sovereign civilized nation does that. Do you think German schools have German Second Language (GSL) classes for illegal French kids? Of course not. No other nation does that. Why should we? Why are we providing free breakfasts, free lunches and free after school daycare for kids? I never got one free anything from the schools that I attended as a kid. If the kids are so poor that we have to feed them for free – where do they get those $300 bicycles I see them riding to school on? Where do they get those cell phones and who pays the monthly bills??? Don’t we already give the parents food stamps to feed their kids??? Then why do we give them more free food at school??? And if the parents want after school daycare they should have to pay for it themselves. Why should the taxpayers fund their babysitters??? The system is preposterous!!!

    There is a reason Calfornia has 12% of the nation’s population and 33% of the nation’s welfare recipients. But none of the pols will talk about it. If more people knew about that statistic the tax proposals in Nov. would get shot down in flames!!!

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  2. Bob
    Bob 6 January, 2012, 13:21

    Well Mr.Bub, I predict Brownies tax increase will pass and probably at least one of the other state tax increases that will be on the ballot. And many local tax increase measures will pass.

    After all, the politicians are screaming like children that “it’s for the children.” Remember, no matter how much money the gummyment schools receive it will never be enough.

    And the DemoNcrats will probably get their 2/3rds majority in the legislature and then it’s lights out.

    The majority of the Cawleefornia (as Ahnode sez) voters are sheep or parasites or both so what else can you expect?

    And the Such Bee is reporting that the ballot initiative to over turn the Dream Act has failed to qualify for lack of signatures.

    If the Dream Act can’t even be overturned it really is hopeless.

    It’s clear the only thing left is to leave the state. The sheep and parasites have won.

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  3. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 6 January, 2012, 14:03

    “Well Mr.Bub, I predict Brownies tax increase will pass and probably at least one of the other state tax increases that will be on the ballot. And many local tax increase measures will pass”

    You and I are on the same page, Bob. Many swear up and down that the tax hikes don’t have a chance. While I wish that were the case, I don’t buy it. I think the sales tax and purported tax on the wealthy get approved.

    I will make another prediction: Obama gets reelected in November. And that will be the final nail in the nation’s coffin. Look what he’s done in his first 3 years. He’s violated the constitution several times. Mr. Nobel Peace Prize winner attacked a sovereign nation and abetted regime change without the consent of congress. He approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that allows the government to deprive CITIZENS of due process and legal representation INDEFINITELY after being accused of a crime. He extended the Patriot Act indefinitely. He continues to bail out financial crooks who brought Main Street to it’s knees. He’s tarnished the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) making it exceedingly difficult for the media and citizens to access certain government data that used to be routinely accessible. He’s failed to prosecute financial criminals who have used the taxpayers as ATM machines for the last 5 years. I wonder how much Goldman Sachs gives him for his campaign in 2012? In 2008 GS gave him about $1M.

    Now, Bob, imagine what this guy would do to us as a lame duck President????

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  4. David H
    David H 6 January, 2012, 14:13

    Don’t worry all good sons and daughters of the church will attend Catholic schools. Government pensions are more important than equality of opportunity in education, and along with state requirements to educate children to be sexually promiscuous and socialist revolutionaries we can ensure the protestant and republican principles of the U.S. constitution will not stand for long and the church can rule once again.

    Roman Catholic Supreme Court Justice Rehnquist’s Dissent in WALLACE V. JAFFREE (1985)

    ‘The “wall of separation between church and State” is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.’

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  5. PJ
    PJ 6 January, 2012, 14:28

    Here’s some questions I wish the ignorant media would ask Brown:

    1. Are you cutting education or just cutting the rate of increase? And is the money for salary increases or for kids?

    2. Why are you talking about class size in an environment of falling enrollment?

    3. Are you insane?

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  6. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 6 January, 2012, 15:09

    PJ,

    You are so 70’s. The media never asks pertinent questions anymore. They are paid stenographers and just go along with the program today. We don’t have any real investigative reporters in the mainstream media either. The media is owned by the banks/corporation who own the government. Don’t expect anything.

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  7. Bob
    Bob 6 January, 2012, 16:14

    Yup, Mr. Bub, Borat Obammie prolly will be re-elected even after 4 years of more war, torture, bankster bailouts, etc., etc., etc.

    And what’s funny are all those progressive type idiots who bought into that hope and change thing.

    Well, here’s some hope and change for them

    http://judicial-corruption.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/hope_you_dont_get_detained.jpg

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  8. Bob
    Bob 6 January, 2012, 16:15

    One must always remember that the lamestream media has nothing to do with news.

    There job has nothing to do with news.

    There job is to propagandize.

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  9. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 6 January, 2012, 17:57

    The libs will continue to say that Obama is the best thing since sliced bread even after all the lies and broken promises. Watch.

    They will manipulate the job reports in the last 9 months of his term to push him past the elections.

    But when he becomes a lame duck President we are totally screwed. That’s when the executive orders start pouring in without the consent of Congress. It’s going to be a scary 4 years on the back end.

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  10. Bruce Ross
    Bruce Ross 6 January, 2012, 18:06

    It’s true that the state spends more on health (primarily) and welfare for the poor than on schools, but as that same link shows, the great majority of that money comes directly from the federal government. It’s only marginally in the state’s control, but the state is basically a conduit for federal programs.

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  11. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 6 January, 2012, 23:32

    I love this man.

    This is what I’ve been saying for years. Listen up!

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  12. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 7 January, 2012, 09:40

    “What if…the widely believed differences between the parties was just an illusion?”

    “What if…the heart of the government policy remains the same regardless of who’s in the White House?”

    “What if…no matter who was in the White House government remained the same?”

    “What if both parties supported welfare, war, debt, bailouts and big government?”

    “What if…Barack Obama campaigned as a anti-war, civil liberties candidate and then waged senseless wars while assaulting your rights that the constitution is supposed to protect?”

    “What if…Mitt Romney is being embraced by voters who want anyone other than Barack Obama but they don’t realize that Mitt Romney might as well be Barack Obama on everything from warfare to welfare?”

    “What if…we could make elections matter again?”

    What if…we had a political system that truly represented the people who pay the taxes and vote?

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  13. Bob
    Bob 7 January, 2012, 14:19

    I can’t believe he’s lasted as long as he has on Faux.

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  14. queeg
    queeg 7 January, 2012, 15:00

    Your doomed….Romney the lovable job cutting globalist or the bewildered socialist job killing machine!!”

    In California…just suck it up another year….your used to local punishment!!!

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  15. state hospitals
    state hospitals 7 January, 2012, 15:30

    I think the Dept of State Hospitals is a good idea, I read about how years ago, there was a state hospital to care for the mentally ill, old and infirmed. They streamlined it a while back and transfered the responsiblity of the senile and mentally challenged to the parents and families. This is a terrible burden on the adult children, parents of disabled children. I was at the law library and stumbled upon a document that stated the amount of insanity has increased 80 percent over the last twenty years. There are so many crazies, there is not enough room for them, people cannot afford rent let alone insurance, then the staggering amount of money for old age homes, nursing homes. He may be really thinking ahead.

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  16. Howard
    Howard 7 January, 2012, 15:40

    I will never vote for a tax increase as long as we are spending billions of dollars on illegals.

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  17. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 7 January, 2012, 22:48

    “I will never vote for a tax increase as long as we are spending billions of dollars on illegals”

    We’re passed the tipping point, Howard. It will only get worse from here on in. Illegals have more rights than you do. Obama just started a hot line for illegals. If they are arrested and ‘abused’ by the authorities there’s an 800 number that they can call for relief. Is there an 800 number you can call if you are abused by a cop? We spend over $20B a year on illegals each year in California. That amount will only increase. And once Obama issues an executive order to give them amnesty – there will be a line out the door at the local social service agencies. And if they are found to be driving a car without a license or insurance the cops have to turn the car over to a friend with a license so the violator can jump back into it an hour later and smash into an innocent citizen driver causing grave injury and financial hardship. If the cops catch you driving on a suspended license you get towed and impounded. But if you don’t have a license because you’re illegal – you get your car back. We have crossed the line into selective anarchy, Howard.

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  18. David H
    David H 8 January, 2012, 08:42

    My parents were hit broadside by a drunk illegal alien from Mexico, totaled their truck they were driving. Don’t think anything every happened to the illegal, and my parents had to pay for all their own damage costs because the mexican was not insured.

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  19. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 8 January, 2012, 13:40

    I hope your parents weren’t injured, David H. Many thousands of citizen motorists aren’t so lucky. And even if the illegal is cited at the scene they rarely show up to court to answer to the charge. We live in an upside- down, inside-out society. Now if an illegal is caught without a DL or insurance – he calls a licensed buddy and gets to keep his car. But if a citizen is caught driving on a suspended licence – he has to give his car up. It is impounded.

    If you think about it that new law that allows illegals to keep their cars is just as absurd as the cops finding a loaded glock on a person without a CCW permit but allowing him to call a buddy with a permit to carry to come pick the gun up.

    Our society’s been hijacked, David H.

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