“The most important budget goal is to preserve programs for those who are most vulnerable. Nevertheless, all the budgets debated recognize the possibility that more difficult reductions may be needed because of the need to reduce COVID`s spending and low revenues,” said Rendon. “This will be especially the case if Washington, D.C. does not go up. The legislature is prepared to work closely with the governor to achieve California`s goals. Thus, over the past ten years, we have built up the great budgetary reserve that is now helping us to deal with the fiscal crisis. Please do not sign 2020-2021 San Francisco Unified budget, without the help and input of THE UESF advisors to understand the consequences of the new budget. Thank you that the passage of the HEROES act will also decide whether the budgets of the UC and the CSU will be significantly reduced. Newsom had proposed reducing $1.17 billion in combined reductions and recovering $770 through federal funds. The final agreement provides for a reduction of $970 million, $470 million for UC and $500 for the CSU, which will be restored with the help of the federal coronavirus. On Wednesday afternoon, legislative leaders announced that the Senate and the State Assembly had reached agreement on a common budget package that both responds to the governor`s may revision and sets legislative priorities that shape budget negotiations in the future. Typically, both the Senate and the Assembly have presented individual plans developed by the Committee on Budgets process in both houses, which is why this agreement is a strong sign that the houses have moved toward protecting K-14 education and the weakest Californians. “This plan builds the spirit of Governor Newsom`s proposal and will put our state on the path to economic recovery, while avoiding measures that would further harm Californians,” Senator Tem Toni Atkins said in a joint statement from legislative leaders.
This week, the Newsom administration and legislative leaders agreed to allocate an additional $400 million to Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to support Homekey and other social assistance such as child care, food banks and diaper banks. Remember, at the end of last month, the Newsom administration asked the Joint Legislative Budget Commission (JLBC) for a… The agreement also includes $750 million for counties to absorb lost funds for public health, public safety and social services programs, as well as potentially an additional $250 million if there is a federal bailout. Now that all the cards are on the table, negotiations will begin between the big three: the Pro Tempore Speaker of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly and the Governor.