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By Ben Adler
California Gov. Jerry Brown will release his revised budget proposal Friday morning, with state revenues pouring into coffers billions of dollars above projections. That sets up a debate over what to do with all that extra money.
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office says there is “significant new revenue available” without constitutional constraints. That troubles Sen. Jim Nielsen, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee.
California’s breast density law is scheduled to expire in January 2019. Legislation has been introduced to remove the law’s sunset clause by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, but nothing has been finalized at this time.
As chair of the California Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review—which directs how California’s $190 billion budget will be spent, Senator Holly J. Mitchell sits at the height of power in Sacramento’s Capitol chambers, wielding the kind of clout that comes with the role in a state that is widely recognized as having the sixth-largest economy in the world.
Project Angel Food will announce the launch of a new statewide pilot program to benefit Medi-Cal patients with a diagnosis of congestive heart failure on Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the nonprofit at 922 Vine St.
The California State Assembly’s bipartisan Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media unanimously approved an extension on the state’s film and TV tax credit. The extension, however, has yet to be debated and confirmed on the state’s legislative floors in order to pass into law. The next stop for the proposed extension is the Assembly’s Committee on Revenue and Taxation.
NOTE: This editorial also ran in several other Southern California News Group newspapers, including The LA Daily News, The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, The Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Pasadena Star-News, The Redlands Daily Facts, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, The San Bernardino Sun and The Whittier Daily News.