Brown debuts 2016-17 budget

JerryBrown-2016-17budget010716More permanent state spending would be devastating to California, Gov. Jerry Brown announced — at least in the midst of another recession. Unveiling his budget for the new fiscal year, Brown flourished a chart bearing that warning, although the proposal racks up the largest outlays of his tenure in office.

“The general fund amount is $122.6 billion, up by 6 percent over this year. Other special funds and spending outside the Legislature’s direct control bring the expected total to $170.7 billion,” the San Francisco Chronicle noted. “The rocket fuel behind these sums is the state’s volatile capital gains tax, paid by the wealthy in good times. It’s a feast or famine levy that rides with economic swings and right now it’s coining money for Sacramento.”

Fire from both sides

But while Brown’s budget upped the ante on public schools, basic entitlements and the Golden State’s rainy-day fund, his unyielding insistence on guarding against the economic worst left his party’s liberal ambitions unfulfilled once again. “Advocates for the poor cheered the governor’s proposed increases to cash aid for the aged, blind and disabled — the first time such grants would go up in 10 years,” as the Los Angeles Times reported, but “anti-poverty advocates said they were disappointed that there was no proposed increase to CalWorks, which provides cash payments to the working poor.” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, praised Brown for “historic investments in our children’s education that will make a tremendous difference,” according to the Sacramento Bee. But he complained that “we still have to take a closer look at strengthening our health care system for the poor and developmentally disabled that has been starved for far too long.”

All told, as the Bee observed, Brown’s budget offers billions for school funding, the environment, and elderly and disabled services. He also reintroduced $1 billion-plus proposals to address the two largest agenda items left unresolved by legislators — California’s crumbling infrastructure and its looming gap in federal Medi-Cal funding. Under Brown’s plan, a new tax “would generate $1.35 billion annually by hitting all the plans, whether they accept Medi-Cal patients or not,” the San Jose Mercury News noted. “If lawmakers pass the tax by a Jan. 31 deadline, Brown wants to use some of the money to boost funding for developmental disability services and in-home supportive services. If the tax were allowed to expire, the state would lose $1.1 billion in matching federal funds.” Brown voiced a hope that the state GOP would rally to his side — without them, the Legislature lacks the supermajority necessary to hike taxes of any kind. But those prospects were clouded by Republicans. “Senate Republican leader Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, said the state should find another way to increase spending on services for disabled Californians,” the Mercury News observed.

Playing to type

In one new move, Brown’s environmental spending shifted a significant increase in dollars allocated to drought and fire relief. The budget “includes a $719 million one-time drought package, including an extra $215 million to the state’s emergency fund for battling big blazes,” the Times reported separately. “The extra cash, along with increased funding for healthy forests and bolstering levies, takes into account the ‘new normal’ as it relates to climate change and the state’s historic drought, officials say.” But even here, on an issue Brown has repeatedly referred to as part of an enduring crisis, he declined to propose that the funding increase be permanent.

Brown took the opportunity to weigh in on some other proposals up for a vote this election season, although he stayed mum on others. He downplayed the $9 billion school bond, the Sacramento Bee reported, suggesting he’d rather negotiate an alternative with lawmakers. On other potential new laws, he struck a wry note. “You haven’t asked me about guns or marijuana,” he joked, according to the Mercury News. “All I would say is, ‘Don’t smoke marijuana when you’re using your gun.'”

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  1. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 8 January, 2016, 12:53

    And yet no mention of the Klown Krazee train…

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  2. Dude
    Dude 8 January, 2016, 12:53

    Please, somebody lie to me and tell me that Obama Bin Brown will be leaving office soon.

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  3. notfooledonebit
    notfooledonebit 8 January, 2016, 13:08

    Get rid of private vendors at 10x the cost of public servants. Oh right, private vendors make huge PAC contributions.

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    • Rex the Wonder Dog!
      Rex the Wonder Dog! 8 January, 2016, 19:45

      10 times the cost?? You mean like the $200K-$300K GED cops and firewhiners are comping, which is about 30-50 times the cost of a private sector GED job….nice try loser. Fail!

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      • Ted
        Ted 8 January, 2016, 20:55

        Cuddle Poodle?

        Cops make 600 to 700 k per year little buddy– try to keep up with the hyperbole little buddy!

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        • Rex the Wonder Dog!
          Rex the Wonder Dog! 8 January, 2016, 21:11

          http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/search/?q=Firefighter

          BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Double BAM BAM!!!!!!!!

          Like taking Candy from a Dork…err Teddy!!!

          PWNED BABY!

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          • Rex the Wonder Dog!
            Rex the Wonder Dog! 8 January, 2016, 21:17

            GED jobs baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Michael Banks FIRE CHIEF $561,277.53
            Angel R Bobo FIRE CAPTAIN $364,741.17
            Jovan A Walker POLICE OFFICER $361,712.75
            Merlin K Turner BATTALION CHIEF $354,230.27
            Christopher Magnus POLICE CHIEF $333,805.35
            William Cantrell POLICE OFFICER $324,449.48
            Manly Moultonjr. BATTALION CHIEF $323,256.02
            Dwayne J Jurado FIRE ENGINEER $319,868.75
            Dedrick A Rileysr. POLICE OFFICER $318,267.08
            Edward P Sousa POLICE SERGEANT $315,586.34
            Joseph G Anderson POLICE OFFICER $315,261.96

            http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/richmond/

            Triple Bam Bam Bam!!!!!!!!!!

        • Ted. Mentor to the doomed....
          Ted. Mentor to the doomed.... 10 January, 2016, 20:47

          Cuddle Poodle!

          Those stats are waaaaaay low— Most Firefighters make much more little buddy! Too bad you couldn’t pass the psych eval and the poly!!!!

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          • Rex the Wonder Dog!
            Rex the Wonder Dog! 10 January, 2016, 20:59

            It is steal a GED job Teddy Steals! Even YOU could do it…

            OK… you’re pushing the envelope, but 90% of America could do this GED job!

      • Ted
        Ted 11 January, 2016, 10:05

        Actually Cuddle Poodle— anyone could do the job– true— as long as they pass the physical agility, written and oral tests— there is no discrimination—- I doubt as much as you want the gig though that you’d qualify—- sorry

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  4. InYerFace
    InYerFace 8 January, 2016, 13:27

    I wonder if Brown has been to see his shrink lately? The guy really sounds nuttier and nuttier every time he opens his mouth.

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  5. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 8 January, 2016, 16:11

    Like with all liberal demacrat’s its TAX & SPEND,TAX & SPEND, TAX & SPEND

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 9 January, 2016, 02:22

    When The Noose takes power taxes on Doomers for sure…..

    You have it too good under Jerry-

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  7. desmond
    desmond 9 January, 2016, 05:01

    It is not comforting to think about Newsom. He is currently handling the bags of the Syrian refugees. Hey, men who have been pleasuring camels for thousands of years are to be fondled. The Bisexual deviant pervert could be the Governor. The cool thing is there could be a threesome as Cal. First “family”.
    A Newsom threesome. Heck of a portrait, changes by the day..Newsom, Kimberly, a sheep…Bambi was the reason for the divorce.
    Newsom, sheep, Iraqi goat. Newsom, friends, and his pig eating shit smile.
    What an appropriate caption

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 9 January, 2016, 09:31

    Very disturbed. Frightening-

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  9. Fran Knows
    Fran Knows 9 January, 2016, 10:24

    The citizens of this wonderful state are becoming informed and are aware of the falsehoods from Gov Brown.
    Marijuana is not legal yet – but there is already reliance on the possible tax revenue for state needs. The local costs to deal with it far exceed the revenue. Looks like another idea that will be thrust upon local government without sufficient funds.

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  10. desmond
    desmond 9 January, 2016, 16:46

    Sex with animals can t be too disturbing. Ahaul will still vote for Gruesome Newsom.

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  11. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 10 January, 2016, 21:02

    Sex with animals can t be too disturbing.

    Teddy Steals says the exact same thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Ted
      Ted 11 January, 2016, 15:20

      Cuddle Poodle– Everyone knows you make sexy time with animals—it’s ok in your case—- is he another Cuddle Poo?

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  12. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 11 January, 2016, 10:09

    Poo Pooo

    You’re too good to associate with Desi-

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