July 2017 E-Newsletter - Read all about your new state budget – my first!
DISTRICT and CAPITOL NEWS
Last week, our governor signed California’s $181 billion budget – my first as chair of the Senate Budget Committee. It was on time, balanced and, according to initial reviews, an example of a spending plan that improved social justice.
Among the comments and reviews received:
Simply put, after years of cuts to our human services, health, education and other programs, it’s gratifying to craft a budget that allows for continued reinvestment into programs and services. California’s largest-ever budget prioritizes the people of this diverse state, the infrastructure that serves us all, and the governance structure needed to support smart and effective institutions.
This budget significantly increases money for our state’s child care providers, preschool slots and children in child care by increasing the state median income so more working parents can qualify for subsidized childcare.
Numbers that dazzle
Some overviews worth mentioning: The budget increases funding to K-12, including $1.4 billion more to support disadvantaged children and $50 million more for afterschool programs.
In higher education, it provides more money to our public institutions, $50 million more in financial aid to needy families and maintains the Middle Class Scholarship program.
The budget cultivates the success of children in the foster care system by enabling more people to be foster parents; increases public health nurses to serve trauma impacted populations; and funds pregnancy prevention.
To help poor, working-class families, the budget expands the earned income tax credit to self-employed individuals and increases the threshold for eligibility to ensure that more people can participate.
The budget uses additional Proposition 56 tobacco tax money to increase Medi-Cal reimbursement rates to physicians and dentists by $465 million; family planning services rates by up $50 million; and intermediate care facilities for those with developmental disabilities by $27 million. Separate from Prop 56, full adult dental will be reinstated Jan. 1st, 2018, as will optical benefits for Medi-Cal.
The budget also pays down debt, takes a loan from a low interest fund to pay down CalPERS pension unfunded liabilities, and puts aside money to increase the state’s reserve to about $10 billion. It also restructures the Board of Equalization.
By investing in our children and in our communities we are investing in our future.
If you want more details on the 2017-18 budget, check out the links below:
IN THE CAPITOL
Key Assembly panel OKs five major criminal justice reforms for youth and young adults
IN THE DISTRICT
Construction careers highlighted at free workshop
Free summer meals for children in need
Showcase our diversity by entering the 2017 NFMLA On Location – the Los Angeles video project
New Earth of Culver City honored by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell as 'Nonprofit of the Year'
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