Proposition 30 leads way to fiscal recovery

For the second year in a row, Proposition 30 has enabled reinvestment in education and other critical services throughout California. With the state’s projected budget surplus and an increase in Proposition 98 funding, schools and community colleges should be in better fiscal shape than in recent years. Gov. Brown also wants to catch up on nearly $6.4 billion in remaining deferred payments. Despite this uptick, many critical services remain underfunded in this budget. 

Proposition 98 would generate $61.6 billion for schools and colleges, an increase of $6.3 billion compared to the current year. The governor is proposing a constitutional amendment to strengthen the state’s “rainy day fund,” which would not change the guaranteed level of funding, but would include creation of a Prop. 98 reserve to even out education spending and prevent cuts. Following are summaries by division of education: 

Early Childhood would see a pilot program to improve outcomes for CalWORKs families by providing licensed subsidized child care and other services, plus an increase in non-Proposition 98 monies for CalWORKs Stages 2 and 3.

K-12 Schools would net $4.5 billion in the Local Control Funding Formula in its second year. Brown proposes an increase of $25.9 million for county offices of education LCFF and $33.3 million to support a 0.86 percent COLA for categorical programs that remain outside of LCFF. Facilities would see a $400 million boost, including $316 million in energy efficiency funds from Proposition 39.
Adult Education is seeing the development of regional consortia called for in last year’s budget, slated to be completed by early 2015, and the Brown administration states its intention to invest in adult education in 2015-16.

Community Colleges would share in a 4.2 percent increase in spending for all of higher education. Key proposals for the colleges include $592 million to eliminate remaining deferrals; 0.86 percent cost-of-living adjustment ($48.5 million); and 3 percent enrollment growth/restoration ($155.2 million). (See page 14)

University of California would gain an ongoing increase of $142 million, in addition to the four-year annual commitment of $125 million that began for both UC and CSU in the current year. These infusions require the systems to freeze tuition at 2011-12 levels.
By CFT Staff

>For detailed information, download the CFT State Budget Brief.

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