2014 Budget http://kvpr.org en California Legislature Approves $156 Billion Budget http://kvpr.org/post/california-legislature-approves-156-billion-budget <p>California’s&nbsp;new&nbsp;budget includes money for education, debt repayment and controversial projects like high speed rail. Katie Orr has details from Sacramento on last night’s budget vote.</p><p>California lawmakers spent father’s day debating the 156 billion spending plan. 108 billion of that makes up the state’s general fund.&nbsp;Democratic Senator Mark Leno says&nbsp;Money will go towards paying off debt,&nbsp;and&nbsp;building up a rainy day reserve&nbsp;and supporting California's children.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:43:10 +0000 Katie Orr - Capitla Public Radio 34278 at http://kvpr.org California Legislature Approves $156 Billion Budget Budget Tensions Emerge As Negotiating Lines Take Shape http://kvpr.org/post/budget-tensions-emerge-negotiating-lines-take-shape <p>Just one day after Governor Jerry Brown put out his updated California budget proposal calling for fiscal austerity, Democratic lawmakers and interest groups wasted little time in pushing back.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento on the battle lines shaping up as negotiations begin.</p><p><strong><em>Chanting:</em></strong><em> “What do we want? / A sunny day fund! / When do we want it? / Now!”</em></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:46:44 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 32738 at http://kvpr.org Budget Tensions Emerge As Negotiating Lines Take Shape Audit Gives Cautious Outlook For City Of Fresno; Warns Of Possible 'Perfect Storm' http://kvpr.org/post/audit-gives-cautious-outlook-city-fresno-warns-possible-perfect-storm <p>With a budget that's absorbed more than $100 million in cuts since 2009, the City of Fresno's finances are improving. &nbsp;But major concerns remain, including a possible "perfect storm" that could threaten the city's financial future. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's the message contained in a draft of the city's 2013 audited financial report, which the council will review on Thursday.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 00:30:54 +0000 Joe Moore 32675 at http://kvpr.org Audit Gives Cautious Outlook For City Of Fresno; Warns Of Possible 'Perfect Storm' New Budget Projects Almost A Third Of Californians Will Have Medi-Cal http://kvpr.org/post/new-budget-projects-almost-third-californians-will-have-medi-cal <div><p>California Governor Jerry Brown’s new budget estimates that almost a third of the population of California will be enrolled in Medi-Cal during next fiscal year. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>About 11.5 million Californians will get health care through Medi-Cal. That’s higher than what the Governor or state health planners anticipated. So the revised budget adds more than a billion dollars to account for the surge.</p><p>Anthony Wright of Health Access says he’s pleased the state expanded Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:45:12 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 32739 at http://kvpr.org New Budget Projects Almost A Third Of Californians Will Have Medi-Cal Brown's Revised Budget Would Help State During Drought, Cal Fire http://kvpr.org/post/browns-revised-budget-would-help-state-during-drought-cal-fire <p class="p1">Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal contains more money to address complications from the drought in California. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, he wants more money to go to firefighting, food assistance, and wildlife preservation.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Governor Brown wants to give an additional $142 million to help the state through the drought. The drought has already caused an early fire season. Under the new spending plan, the Division of Forestry and Fire Protection would get $67 million more to suppress wildfires.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:55:21 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 32626 at http://kvpr.org Brown's Revised Budget Would Help State During Drought, Cal Fire Brown Preaches Fiscal Restraint With May Budget Revision http://kvpr.org/post/brown-preaches-fiscal-restraint-may-budget-revision <p class="p1">With a $4.4 billion budget surplus projected, some California Democrats are calling for increased state spending. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown pushed back against that message Tuesday while releasing his May budget revision.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:47:40 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 32625 at http://kvpr.org Brown Preaches Fiscal Restraint With May Budget Revision Teachers, Students Rally To 'Save FFA' Amid Proposed Funding Changes http://kvpr.org/post/teachers-students-rally-save-ffa-amid-proposed-funding-changes <p>Go to a rural high school in Central California, and one of the most popular extra-curricular programs will be FFA – Future Farmers of America. But now the people who run those programs say their future is threatened in Governor Brown’s new budget.</p><p>It’s all part of a big change to the way school districts get their money from Sacramento – the Local Control Funding Formula. In general it’s been good news for schools up and down the valley, as it redirects more money to districts with high populations of low-income families, English learners and foster youth.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:32:44 +0000 Joe Moore 30232 at http://kvpr.org Teachers, Students Rally To 'Save FFA' Amid Proposed Funding Changes Brown's Budget Proposal Spends Cap and Trade Money http://kvpr.org/post/browns-budget-proposal-spends-cap-and-trade-money <div><p>California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal includes some major investments in the environment. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, it lays out how he wants to spend $850 million in revenue from the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program known as cap-and-trade.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:20:52 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 26972 at http://kvpr.org Brown's Budget Proposal Spends Cap and Trade Money Brown Pushes Fiscal Restraint As He Releases His Budget Proposal http://kvpr.org/post/brown-pushes-fiscal-restraint-he-releases-his-budget-proposal <p>California Governor Jerry Brown is calling for another year of fiscal prudence, despite the state’s four-and-a-half billion dollar budget surplus.&nbsp; That’s drawing mixed reactions from legislative Democrats and cautious praise from minority Republicans.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p><p>There was little suspense over the contents of the budget itself after it leaked out two days early.&nbsp; But that didn’t stop the governor from making his case for restraint.</p><p>He pointed to a chart of red and black bars showing the deficits and surpluses from the last decade.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:44:12 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 26969 at http://kvpr.org Brown Pushes Fiscal Restraint As He Releases His Budget Proposal