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Gov. Brown: CA Deficit Gone, More Money for Poor Schools

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget Thursday morning.

Underprivileged schools would get more per-student funding than other schools across the state under a proposed budget unveiled by Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday.

"Our future depends not on across-the-board funding, but disproportionately funding those schools that have disproportionate challenges," Brown said at a press conference.

He also said most categorical funding for schools should be eliminated and the money delivered more directly.

"As you go up the line you lose control and build bureaucracy," the governor said. "We want to put the money into local schools, but create greater control."

Brown also said the state's deficit is gone for the first time in years, adding it could reduce its debt substantially by 2016.

"The deficit's gone; the wall of debt remains," Brown said, noting the state's $36 billion debt could be reduced to $4.3 billion by 2016. 

The budget proposed by Brown also increases per-student funding for all levels of education; by the 2016-17 school year, K-12 schools would see a $2,681 increase in spending for each student. At the CSU and UC levels, spending would increase by about $2,000 and $2,500 by 2016-17, respectively.

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JTB January 10, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I won't sugar-coat this. It is a complete lie. Here are the facts for those who aren't satisifed with how a state that was writing IOUs just yesterday is now fiscally solvent: 1. The cash deficit, per the State Controller, is over $24 billion 2. We have $90 billion in debt per Assemblywoman Harkey 3. We owe the Feds $10 billion for money borrowed to pay for unemployment checks. 4. We owe $15 billion, per the State Controller, for money stolen from Trust Funds to cover the deficit. 5. We owe $10 billion for money borrowed from Wall Street to cover the deficit. Oh, at Gov. Brown's demand, Prop. 30 was passed to pay for "education" to the tune of $6-7 billion a year. In the new budget, Gov. Brown is proposing adding ONLY $2.7 million to K-12 education! Conclusion: He is lying. Have a nice day!
DM January 11, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Also, the taxpayer base to which Gov. Brown is referring to is shrinking by the tune of approximately 200,000 California residents/year. These are taxpayers leaving the state for jobs or to just get the hell out. Expect this number to increase as those who can vote with their feet. As Mayor of Oakland, Gov. Brown gave similar forward looking speeches about the state of the city and how everything was on track for good times and tranquility under his watch, so consider the source.

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