Sacramento Bee: Gov. Jerry Brown pressed to increase safety-net spending
California’s assistance for the neediest endured deep cuts as state leaders closed multibillion-dollar budget deficits and weathered the financial crisis.
Sen. Holly Mitchell, the Legislature’s loudest voice for social service reinvestment, pointed to longer-term projections showing the state’s income will continue to grow even with the sunset of temporary sales and income tax increases. She noted voters in November supported creation of a rainy-day budget reserve.