budget http://kvpr.org en Families Concerned By Possible IHSS Changes http://kvpr.org/post/families-concerned-possible-ihss-changes <p>California’s In-Home Supportive Services program allows the disabled to remain in their homes by paying for their caregivers. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, a proposal to modify the program is creating tension in the state budget process.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:10:28 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 34042 at http://kvpr.org Families Concerned By Possible IHSS Changes Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces New City Budget http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-mayor-ashley-swearengin-announces-new-city-budget <p>At a press conference this morning, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced her proposed 2015 budget for the City of Fresno.</p><p>In a departure from the major shortfalls the city has faced since 2009, the proposal emphasizes paying off debt, bolstering city services, and increasing the operating reserve to help prepare for unforeseen costs.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 01:51:12 +0000 Kerry Klein 32998 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces New City Budget Brown Calls Special Legislative Session on New Budget Reserve http://kvpr.org/post/brown-calls-special-legislative-session-new-budget-reserve <p class="p1">California Governor Jerry Brown is throwing the full weight of his office behind his push for a new state budget reserve by calling the legislature into special session next week.&nbsp; But Republicans say he’ll have to strengthen his proposal to win their support.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:18:50 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 31306 at http://kvpr.org Brown Calls Special Legislative Session on New Budget Reserve Steinberg Cool On Cap And Trade Money For High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-cool-cap-and-trade-money-high-speed-rail <p>The leader of California’s &nbsp;Senate is issuing words of caution on Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to use money from the state’s cap-and-trade program to help pay for construction of high speed rail. &nbsp;</p><p>Speaking with Valley Public Radio, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says he’s concerned about the rail authority’s plan to finance construction of the next stage of the bullet train, which would go from Bakersfield over the Tehachapi Mountains to Palmdale in Southern California.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:09:08 +0000 Joe Moore 27113 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg Cool On Cap And Trade Money For High Speed Rail 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 Rosy California Budget Projections Prompt Calls for New Spending http://kvpr.org/post/rosy-california-budget-projections-prompt-calls-new-spending <p class="p1">California’s non-partisan budget analyst has declared the state’s structural deficit a thing of the past and projected multi-billion dollar surpluses for years to come.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, that’s prompting calls from some Democrats and progressive groups to reinvest in programs hit hard by recession-era budget cuts.</p><p class="p3">When Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor released his budget projections a few weeks ago, he tempered the good news with words of caution:</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:40:50 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 25367 at http://kvpr.org Rosy California Budget Projections Prompt Calls for New Spending After Years of Deficits, Budget Surpluses Projected for California http://kvpr.org/post/after-years-deficits-budget-surpluses-projected-california <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>California’s structural deficit is history – and the legislature’s non-partisan budget analyst is projecting growing surpluses for the next several years.&nbsp; But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the welcome budget news still comes with words of caution.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 02:47:18 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 24816 at http://kvpr.org After Years of Deficits, Budget Surpluses Projected for California July Revenues Fall Short of Califiornia Budget Projections http://kvpr.org/post/july-revenues-fall-short-califiornia-budget-projections <p>California revenues are off to a slow start in the new budget year.</p><p>The state controller’s office says they came in six percent below projections for the month of July.&nbsp; Disappointing personal income tax proceeds offset slight gains in sales and corporate tax revenues.</p><p>Governor Jerry Brown convinced lawmakers to use his more conservative projections in this year’s budget.&nbsp; Democratic leaders had pushed for more optimistic estimates.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:28:35 +0000 Ben Adler 19901 at http://kvpr.org July Revenues Fall Short of Califiornia Budget Projections California Economy, State Finances Stronger than Other States http://kvpr.org/post/california-economy-state-finances-stronger-other-states <div><p>A new report that compares state finances finds California's budget revenues are soaring higher than all but one other state in the nation.&nbsp; Its economy is growing at an above-average pace as well.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>The study comes from the Tax Policy Center – a project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.&nbsp; It compares state tax revenues, economic growth and other data for all 50 states.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:13:17 +0000 Ben Adler 18107 at http://kvpr.org California Economy, State Finances Stronger than Other States Budget's on the Books: Brown Signs $96 Billion Spending Plan http://kvpr.org/post/budgets-books-brown-signs-96-billion-spending-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California has its new budget for the fiscal year that starts on Monday.</span></p><p>Governor Jerry Brown signed the $96 billion general fund spending plan today at the State Capitol with Democratic legislative leaders at his side.</p><p>The governor said the budget is balanced and responsible – while still investing in education and health care.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:36:00 +0000 Ben Adler 17470 at http://kvpr.org Budget's on the Books: Brown Signs $96 Billion Spending Plan California Courts Welcome $60 Million Funding Boost http://kvpr.org/post/california-courts-welcome-60-million-funding-boost <p>California’s trial courts are set to receive an extra $60 million in the new state budget that takes effect next month. The money is designated to help improve access to courts that have slashed hours and resources or shut down completely. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 01:53:55 +0000 Katie Orr 17295 at http://kvpr.org California Courts Welcome $60 Million Funding Boost California Budget Could Loosen State's Public Records Act http://kvpr.org/post/california-budget-could-loosen-states-public-records-act <p><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Local government agencies will no longer be required to follow key provisions of California’s Public Records Act in a bill that’s part of the budget state lawmakers approved over the weekend. &nbsp;As&nbsp;KPCC’s&nbsp;Julie Small reports, Governor Jerry Brown is expected to enact the change—which is less drastic than one he proposed.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:50:37 +0000 Julie Small - KPCC 16994 at http://kvpr.org California Budget Could Loosen State's Public Records Act Budget Debate Under Way in California Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/budget-debate-under-way-california-legislature <p>The California legislature has approved the 2013-14 state budget bill - one day before its constitutional deadline to send a spending plan to Gov. Jerry Brown. Debate continues on the budget's accompanying "trailer" bills.</p><p>The $96 billion dollar general fund budget uses the cautious revenue estimates insisted upon by Brown while also making new spending investments in select programs pushed by legislative Democrats.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Ben Adler 16803 at http://kvpr.org Budget Debate Under Way in California Legislature Budget Agreement Diverts Money From Cap and Trade http://kvpr.org/post/budget-agreement-diverts-money-cap-and-trade <div><p>California’s budget agreement borrows 500-million dollars from the state’s cap-and-trade program. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, environmentalists say the maneuver neglects polluted communities.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Environmentalists say money from the sale of carbon pollution permits is supposed to go to programs that help further reduce emissions. California Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers say it will, just not this year.</span></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:34:32 +0000 Amy Quinton 16793 at http://kvpr.org Budget Agreement Diverts Money From Cap and Trade New Budget Fills In Dental Coverage Gaps for Poor Californians http://kvpr.org/post/new-budget-fills-dental-coverage-gaps-poor-californians <div><p>California lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown reached a budget agreement this week. The Governor had previously said he had no intention of bringing back services slashed in years past, but a small number of areas won restored funding for next year - dental care was one of them. Health care reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento about what that led up to the decision to renew services.</p><p>For four years, Karen Wadsack has been struggling to get the dental care she says she needs.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:00:05 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 16787 at http://kvpr.org New Budget Fills In Dental Coverage Gaps for Poor Californians Parties Clash Over Budget Transparency http://kvpr.org/post/parties-clash-over-budget-transparency <p>Lawmakers will begin voting on the California budget on Friday. But Republicans say they’ll also have to vote on several bills they know little about.&nbsp; Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>The budget is the big picture bill. It dictates where the state’s money will go. Trailer bills are attached to the budget and spell out how the money will be allocated.</p><p>Typically trailer bills are published a few days before the budget vote. This year the earliest of at least 15 came out Wednesday morning.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:07:44 +0000 Katie Orr 16747 at http://kvpr.org Parties Clash Over Budget Transparency School Districts Have Varying Views on School Funding Formula http://kvpr.org/post/school-districts-have-varying-views-school-funding-formula <p>School districts in California will receive varying amounts of money under the state’s new school funding plan. And attitudes about the plan vary as well. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>Under the new formula, districts will receive a base level of funding for every student. They’ll get additional money for every low-income and non-English speaking student they have.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:50:06 +0000 Katie Orr 16679 at http://kvpr.org School Districts Have Varying Views on School Funding Formula Measure G Defeated, Mayor Announces Budget, Layoff Plans http://kvpr.org/post/measure-g-defeated-mayor-announces-budget-layoff-plans <p>Fresno’s Measure G officially went down in defeat today. With around 600 votes left to count, updated numbers from the Fresno County Elections Office show that the controversial residential trash outsourcing measure now trails by of 801 votes.</p><p>The move is a defeat for Mayor Ashley Swearengin and ends her effort to sell off the service to a private contractor in order to generate additional money for the crash strapped city’s general fund.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:44:04 +0000 Joe Moore 16678 at http://kvpr.org Measure G Defeated, Mayor Announces Budget, Layoff Plans California Budget Deal Reached on Health Funding for Counties http://kvpr.org/post/california-budget-deal-reached-health-funding-counties <div><p>The California state budget deal reached this week includes some restored funding for dental care for the poor, and millions of dollars for mental health services. And as Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento reports, county and state officials are finalizing the details of how local governments will use health care money. &nbsp;</p></div><p>After months of negotiations, the Brown administration and county representatives have struck a deal - the state can redirect some money away from county health programs, but the counties will have some choice in how that’s done.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 02:43:31 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 16608 at http://kvpr.org Brown, Democratic Leaders Announce Budget Deal http://kvpr.org/post/brown-democratic-leaders-announce-budget-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It wasn’t too many years ago California could barely get a budget passed. But as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, things are different this year.</span></p><p>California Governor Jerry Brown was joined by Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez to confirm a three-way budget deal.</p><p>All appeared proud of their agreement, which was reached with time to spare before Saturday’s legislative budget deadline. Steinberg pointed out meeting that deadline is becoming routine.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 02:28:03 +0000 Katie Orr 16607 at http://kvpr.org Brown, Democratic Leaders Announce Budget Deal