Budget Watch

In an effort to keep our stakeholders informed about the state of California budget, and how the budget will impact funding, as well as programs and services, we post news on “Budget Watch”. This page features updates from the Governor and Legislature, links to important news articles and various budget and advocacy related web sites, as well as important information about how you can get involved to make a difference. Visit this page regularly to keep current on budget issues.

CDCAN Reports - Legislature Appoints Committees

CDCAN DISABILITY RIGHTS REPORT

CALIFORNIA DISABILITY-SENIOR COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK

JUNE 24, 2015 – WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

ADVOCACY WITHOUT BORDERS: ONE COMMUNITY – ACCOUNTABILITY WITH ACTION

CDCAN Reports go out to over 65,000 people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, people with traumatic brain and other injuries, people with MS, Alzheimer's and other disorders, veterans with disabilities and mental health needs, families, workers, community organizations, facilities and advocacy groups including those in the Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino, American Indian, Indian, African-American communities; policymakers, and others across the State. 

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REMEMBERING THE PEOPLE KILLED AT CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA’S EMANUEL AME CHURCH – THEIR LIVES, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITY: HONORABLE REVEREND CLEMNTA PICKNEY, REVEREND DANIEL SIMMONS, REVEREND SHARONDA COLEMAN-SINGLETON, TYWANZA SANDERS, DEPAYNE MIDDLETON DOCTOR, CYNTHIA HURD, MYRA THOMPASON, ETHERL LANCE AND SUE JACKSON.

“When there is violence throughout the land, we will let our light shine in the darkened world…” – Pastor Tyrone Hicks, Sacramento’s St Andrews AME Church

 

State Capitol Update:
GOVERNOR BROWNS SIGNS 2015-2016 BUDGET PACKAGE - STATE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY SET UP COMMITTEES FOR SPECIAL SESSION


SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 06/24/2015 05:30 PM] – Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr., signed the package of bills making up the 2015-2016 State Budget this afternoon at the State Capitol, including the main budget bill, AB 93, and the revised budget bill, SB 97. The Governor also signed, as expected, the 17 budget related bills – called “trailer bills” because they follow or trail the main budget bills – that make changes in State law to implement the budget. The Governor made several line item vetoes before signing AB 93 (see below for details), though none impacted health and human services directly.  [CDCAN will issue a more detailed report of what was in the budget as signed by the Governor later tonight].

    As reported last week by CDCAN, the main budget bill, AB 93 was passed by the Legislature on June 15th on a party-line vote, that contained higher revenue estimates and increased spending proposed by Legislative Democrats that was opposed by Governor Brown, That bill was sent to the Governor at 4:30 PM on June 15th, meeting the deadline requirements under the State Constitution. The Legislature also passed on June 15th four non-controversial budget trailer bills that the Brown Administration supported dealing with an augmentation (appropriation) to the current 2014-2105 State Budget; transportation; nursing facility quality assurance fee extension and public works. 

    The revised budget bill, SB 97 that took out nearly all the spending increases, was passed by the Legislature on June 19th, reflecting the budget deal reached by the Governor and Democratic legislative leaders, by a nearly party-line vote in the Assembly (1 Republican supported it), and a somewhat bi-partisan support in the State Senate, where 5 Senate Republicans, including Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, supported the revised budget.  Among Democrats in either house, only Senator Holly Mitchell (Democrat – Los Angeles), who supported the spending increases in AB 93 and voiced opposition in the agreement that took those increases out, abstained from the vote for SB 97.

   The Governor signed the following bills this afternoon:

  AB 93  - Main 2015-2016 State Budget Bill

  SB 97 -  Revised Main 2015-2016 State Budget Bill

  AB 95  - Transportation Budget Trailer Bill

  AB 104 - Education Finance: Education Omnibus Budget Trailer Bill

  AB 114 - Public Works: Building Construction Budget Trailer Bil

  AB 116 - Budget Act of 2014: Augmentation.

  AB 117 - Public resources Budget Trailer Bill

  AB 119 - Public health: Medi-Cal: nursing facilities.

  SB 75  - Health Budget Trailer Bill

  SB 78 - Education Finance: Local Control Funding Formula Budget Trailer Bill

  SB 79 - Human Services Budget Trailer Bill

  SB 80 - Personal Income Taxes: Earned Income Credit Budget Trailer BIll

  SB 81 - Postsecondary Education Budget Trailer BIll

  SB 82 - Developmental Services Budget Trailer BIll

  SB 83 - Public Resources Budget Trailer Bill

  SB 84 - State Government Budget Trailer Bill

  SB 85 - Public Safety Budget Trailer Bill

  SB 88 - Water Budget Trailer Bill

  SB 98 - State Government Budget Trailer Bill

       

LINE ITEM VETOES

    The Governor several line item vetoes from the main budget  bill,. AB 93, though none have direct impact to health and human services or to people with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind, seniors and low income individuals and families. Those line item vetoes are included on the last page of a 60 page summary of the enacted 2015-2016 State Budget as signed by Governor Brown.  The PDF Document copy of the 60 page summary can be downloaded from the Department of Finance webpage at:

http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/2015-16/pdf/Enacted/BudgetSummary/FullBudgetSummary.pdf

 

State of California

Governor’s Office

 

I object to the following appropriations contained in Assembly Bill 93.

Item 0540-001-3212—For support of Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency. I reduce this item from $2,694,000 to $2,594,000 by reducing:

(1) 0320-Administration of Natural Resources Agency from $2,694,000 to $2,594,000.

I am deleting the $100,000 augmentation to establish an advisory council to review and oversee Chapter 289, Statutes of 2012 (AB 1492), forest restoration grant programs. The formal creation of a council is unnecessary because the Natural Resources Agency is already establishing an AB 1492 advisory committee utilizing existing resources that will provide guidance for all aspects of the program, not just the forest restoration grants.

Item 2660-302-0042—For capital outlay, Department of Transportation. I revise this item by deleting Provision 4.

I am deleting Provision 4 because this appropriation to fund the relinquishment of State Route 275, the Tower Bridge, from the State Highway Account is unnecessary. I support efforts to relinquish portions of the State Highway System that no longer serve an interregional purpose and would be better managed by local government entities, including the Tower Bridge.

However, provisions contained in the omnibus transportation trailer bill and existing processes already allow for the relinquishment of the Tower Bridge, if an agreement is reached between the State and applicable cities. I am directing the Department of Transportation to discuss relinquishment with the cities and how to best preserve current and future utility of the bridge. I do not support using the budget process to circumvent this negotiation process. :

Item 3125-001-0140—For support of California Tahoe Conservancy. I reduce this item from $3,582,000 to $3,482,000 by reducing:

(1) 2340-Tahoe Conservancy from $4,124,000 to $4,024,000.

I am reducing the Tahoe Conservancy’s California Environmental License Plate Fund appropriation by $100,000 to address a shortfall in the California Environmental License Plate Fund. While the Budget Act includes several one-time actions to address the shortfall, this action is necessary to support the immediate solvency of the fund until a comprehensive longterm plan is developed.

Item 3480-001-3025—For support of Department of Conservation. I reduce this item from $950,000 to $850,000 by reducing:

(1) 2435-Office of Mine Reclamation from $950,000 to $850,000, and delete Provision 1.

I am deleting the $100,000 augmentation for the purchase of mine mapping software. The Office of Mine Reclamation has secured a $450,000 grant from the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an analysis on the procurement of a comprehensive data management system that will cover business processes associated with the regulation of Surface Mining and Reclamation Act mines, as well as legacy abandoned mines. It is premature to allocate $100,000 for the procurement of a data management system prior to an analysis of the need and scope of the project.

I am deleting Provision 1 to conform to this action.

Item 3600-101-0200—For local assistance, Department of Fish and Wildlife. I delete this item.

I am eliminating the $1,000,000 augmentation which would provide a grant to help restore Clear Lake. The Fish and Game Preservation Fund has a structural deficit and cannot absorb additional expenditures.

There are existing grant programs that are available and appropriate to support the restoration of Clear Lake. I am directing my Administration to provide technical assistance to Lake County to assist them in identifying and applying for ecosystem restoration and drinking water grant funding.

Item 7100-001-0588—For support of Employment Development Department. I revise this item by deleting Provision 2.

I am deleting Provision 2 because the appropriation from the Unemployment Compensation Disability Fund is unnecessary. The Department already performs targeted outreach activities for the Paid Family Leave program and is entering the second year of a $6.5 million, three-year outreach pilot program.

With the above deletions, revisions, and reductions, I hereby approve Assembly Bill 93.

/s/ Edmund G. Brown Jr

EDMUND G. BROWN JR.

 

SPECIAL SESSION LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES APPOINTED

    Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (Democrat – San Diego) and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León (Democrat – Los Angeles) announced today the formation of committees and members for the two special sessions of the Legislature dealing with transportation infrastructure funding, and health care funding related issues. 

    The Legislature convened briefly on Friday, June 19th, to  take action to organize both sessions, using the current legislative officers for both sessions. The two special sessions will reconvene upon call of the Senate President Pro Tem De Leon and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (Democrat – San Diego).

    Both the State Senate and Assembly will have three committees for each of the two special sessions.

   

FIRST EXTRAORDINARY (SPECIAL) SESSION ON (TRANSPORTATION) INFRASTRUCTURE

 

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION - SENATE RULES COMMITTEE

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION – SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

same membership as regular session

 

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION - SENATE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Senator Jim Beall (Democrat - San Jose), Chair

Senator Anthony Cannella (Republican - Ceres), Vice-Chair

Senator Benjamin Allen (Democrat - Santa Monica)

Senator Patricia Bates (Republican - Laguna Niguel)

Senator Tom Berryhill (Republican - Twain Harte)

Senator Ted Gaines (Republican - Roseville)

Senator Robert Hertzberg (Democrat - Van Nuys)

Senator Connie Leyva (Democrat - Chino)

Senator Carol Liu (Democrat - La Cañada/Flintridge)

Senator Mike McGuire (Democrat – Healdsburg

Senator Tony Mendoza (Democrat - Artesia)

Senator Fran Pavley (Democrat - Agoura Hills)

Senator Bob Wieckowski (Democrat - Fremont)

 

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION - ASSEMBLY RULES COMMITTEE 

same membership as regular session

 

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION - ASSEMBLY FINANCE COMMITTEE

Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles), Chair

Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (R-O'Neals), Vice Chair

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica)

Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles)

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento)

Assemblymember Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore)

Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake)

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco)

Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego)

 

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION - ASSEMBLY TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Assemblymember Jim Frazier (Democrat - Oakley), Chair

Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian (Republican - San Luis Obispo), Vice Chair

Assemblymember Luis Alejo (Democrat - Salinas)

Assemblymember Autumn Burke (Democrat - Inglewood)

Assemblymember David Chiu (Democrat - San Francisco)

Assemblymember Bill Dodd (Democrat - Napa)

Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (Democrat - Stockton)

Assemblymember Mike Gatto (Democrat - Glendale)

Assemblymember David Hadley (Republican - Torrance)

Assemblymember Young Kim (Republican - Fullerton)

Assemblymember Eric Linder (Republican - Corona)

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (Democrat - Sherman Oaks)

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (Democrat - Long Beach)

 

SECOND EXTRAORDINARY (SPECIAL) SESSION ON HEALTH CARE

 

SECOND SPECIAL SESSION - SENATE RULES COMMITTEE

SECOND SPECUIAL SESSION – SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

same membership as regular session

 

SECOND SPECIAL SESSION SENATE PUBLIC HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES COMMITTEE

Senator Ed Hernandez (Democrat - West Covina), Chair

Senator Mike Morrell (Republican - Rancho Cucamonga), Vice-Chair

Senator Joel Anderson (Republican - Alpine)

Senator Jim Beall (Democrat - San Jose)

Senator Isadore Hall, III (Democrat - South Bay)

Senator Mark Leno (Democrat - San Francisco)

Senator Mike McGuire (Democrat - Healdsburg)

Senator Holly Mitchell (Democrat - Los Angeles)

Senator John Moorlach (Republican - Irvine)

Senator Bill Monning (Democrat - Carmel)

Senator Jim Nielsen (Republican - Gerber)

Senator Richard Pan (Democrat - Sacramento)

Senator Lois Wolk (Democrat - Davis)

 

SECOND SPECIAL SESSION - ASSEMBLY RULES COMMITTEE

Same membership as regular session.

 

SECOND SPECIAL SESSION - ASSEMBLY FINANCE COMMITTEE

Assemblymember Shirley Weber (Democrat - San Diego), Chair

Assemblymember Melissa Melendez (Republican - Lake Elsinore), Vice Chair

Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (Republican - O'Neals)

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (Democrat - Santa Monica)

Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (Democrat - Northeast Los Angeles)

Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (Democrat - South Los Angeles)

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (Democrat - Sacramento)

Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (Republican - Big Bear Lake)

Assemblymember Phil Ting (Democrat - San Francisco)

 

SECOND SPECIAL SESSION - ASSEMBLY PUBLIC HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES COMMITTEE

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (Democrat - Oakland), Chair

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (Republican - San Diego), Vice Chair

Assemblymember Catherine Baker (Republican - Pleasanton)

Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (Democrat - Concord)

Assemblymember Nora Campos (Democrat - San Jose)

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (Democrat - Riverside)

Assemblymember Marc Levine (Democrat - San Rafael)

Assemblymember Chad Mayes (Republican - Yucca Valley)

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (Democrat - Los Angeles)

Assemblymember Marc Steinorth (Republican - Rancho Cucamonga)

Assemblymember Mark Stone (Democrat - Monterey Bay)

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (Democrat - Richmond) [also regular session chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services]

Assemblymember Jim Wood (Democrat - Healdsburg)

 

CDCAN - MARTY OMOTO YOUTUBE CHANNEL

    A CDCAN (Marty Omoto, family member and advocate) youtube channel was set up and has several videos dealing with current – and previous state budget issues, disability and senior rights, and advocacy.

    To see the current videos, including March 2014 San Andreas Regional Center Aptos Legislative Breakfast, January 2014 panel discussion on services for adults with autism spectrum and related disorders in Palo Alto, and older videos including video of April 2003 march of over 3,000 people with developmental disabilities, families, providers, regional centers and others from the Sacramento Convention Center to the State Capitol (to attend and testify at budget hearing on proposed massive permanent cuts to regional center funded services, go to the CDCAN (Marty Omoto) Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEySEyhnr9LQRiCe-F7ELhg

    More videos – including new current videos (an interview with longtime advocate Maggie Dee Dowling is planned, among others) – plus archive videos of past events – will be posted soon