Passage of the State Budget is a key part of the legislative process. Any bill that has an associated expense not only goes through scrutiny in legislative committees but must also be accounted for in the State Budget. Although Governor Brown proposed his budget in January, he must submit a revised budget by May 15th. Assembly and Senate Budget Committees must meet and confer on budget issues, recommend budget revisions to be approved by June 15th. In some years this deadline passes and the budget vote does not take place until later, even delaying the mid-July start of the summer recess.
Advocates for the poor want to see more spending to restore cuts made to social programs during the last recession. The Governor’s budget revision does include minimal funding for EITC for the state’s poorest residents, but not for increasing anti-poverty spending such as subsidized child care. The Governor recently commented, “We have to learn from history and not keep repeating our mistakes… I don’t want to get caught in the jaws of the persistent fiscal instability of the state.”
The month of June will be an interesting one in the CA Legislature as discussions and negotiations take place. Can the budget be passed on time this year?
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Department of Finance: http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/
Legislative Analyst’s Office: http://www.lao.ca.gov/
California Budget & Policy Center: http://calbudgetcenter.org/