California Legislature Approves $117.5 Billion Budget, Heads To Uncertain Fate With GovernorGov. Jerry Brown, also a Democrat, has been reluctant to go along with new spending commitments for welfare, health care and child care. He and Republicans are concerned that the state won't collect as much in taxes as Democrats are projecting, leaving the state vulnerable if the economy dips.
Analysts Cast Doubts On Highway Patrol Aircraft NeedLegislative staffers suggest the Highway Patrol doesn't have much use for the aircraft it already has.
Gov. Jerry Brown, California Budget Fair Well In PollA poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California says strong majorities of likely voters approve of his overall handling of the job and of the budget proposal he released earlier this month.
2014-15 California Budget Leaked, Pushing Governor's Schedule Up A DayGov. Jerry Brown has moved his press conference about the state budget up a day to Thursday at 9 a.m. after the budget was leaked early.
State Lawmakers Promise Fiscal Prudence With California's Budget SurplusThe independent Legislative Analyst's Office is projecting a $3.2 billion surplus, the first one in years, and many Democratic constituencies have their eye on the money
Poll: Most Californians Favor Saving Budget Surplus Over SpendingThe Public Policy Institute of California found 55 percent support for greater frugality, compared with 39 percent who want to see restoration of at least some of the cuts to social services that were made as California struggled with a massive deficit.
Gov. Jerry Brown Defends Education Spending in L.A.With a proposed jump in school spending this year, Brown wants to target new dollars at districts with students who are lower-income, English-learners or live in foster homes.
Gov. Brown Highlights Surplus, More Money For Schools
Democrats At Odds Over Handling State Budget Surplus Democratic lawmakers want to spend the additional revenue to make up for years of budget cuts to programs serving women, children and the poor.
Report: California’s Actual Debt At Least $848B; Could Pass $1.1TThe combined debt of California’s state and local governments is at least $848 billion and could escalate past $1.1 trillion, according to a new report.
Brown's Budget Proposal Includes $6.3 Billion In Increased SpendingRiding a wave of new tax revenue, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a state spending plan that eliminates the deficit and provides $6.3 billion more in spending than the previous year.