California budget; budget surplus

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Even as California's booming economy pumps money into state coffers at unprecedented levels, Governor Jerry Brown is once again proposing a budget that would limit permanent increases in new spending.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


Governor Jerry Brown did not include major investments in Medi-Cal or Covered California in his budget revision last week, but lawmakers and advocates say they'll keep pushing to improve the programs.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola has more.

Governor Jerry Brown issued and executive order Thursday to improve the health of California forests. From Capital Public Radio, Ezra David Romero reports.

Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget is earning praise from children's advocates because it invests part of the surplus in programs to support health care.  KVCR's Ezequiel Ramirez has more.

Governor Jerry Brown sent his budget proposal to the California legislature for the 16th and final time.  He begins his last year in office with state revenues gushing in by the billions.  Yet with his trademark warnings of fiscal prudence, Brown once again sought to set an austere tone for the budget debate that will stretch into June.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento had the usual reaction to Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California governor Jerry Brown was in his element when he introdeuced his annual January budget proposal yesterday at the state Capitol.  The Governor waved charts and warned of looming recession, even as he called for new taxes and the largest budget of his political career.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, Brown stuck to a familiar theme of fiscal restraint.

California tax revenues continue to pour in.  A strong October pulled the state nearly a billion dollars above budget projections for the fiscal year that began in July.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

California's state parks system has faced a rough few years.  Deep cuts during the recession, and a financial scandal that rocked the department.  Now a state commission is releasing a report that demands the parks department modernize itself... and Governor Jerry Brown's new budget proposes only enough money to buy the parks system a year to turn itself around.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

State Analyst Likes Gov. Brown's Budget Proposal

Jan 14, 2015

The non-partisan California Legislative Analyst's Office has reviewed Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal, and agrees with the Governor that there will be little money for priorities other than education, even if the state sees surging revenues.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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Shortly after Governor Jerry Brown released his annual California budget proposal, it came under fire from various corners of the State Legislature... including some of Brown's fellow Democrats.  Legislative leaders particularly take issue with the Governor's spending priorities in regard to poverty programs.  We've got details in a feature report from Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr.

Governor Brown Releases Budget Proposal

Jan 9, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown released his new budget proposal today.  Critics include some legislative Democrats.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

As California Governor Jerry Brown releases his budget proposal Friday, some local social and human services organizations are planning to protest the Governor's proposal in downtown San Bernardino.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in this report.

California is tens of billions of dollars behind in needed infrastructure maintenance.  Governor Jerry Brown is expected to address infrastructure funding in the proposed budget he'll present Friday, but critics point to the fact that the state hasn't yet spent all of the bond money voters approved to address infrastructure needs several years ago.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr has details.

State Revenue Growth Dips a Bit

Dec 10, 2014

California state government's up-to-now consistent revenue growth slowed a bit last month.  Capitol Public Radio Network's Katie Orr reports.