Gov. Jerry Brown to boost school spending amid surplus

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week. But with a growing $3 billion surplus, Democrats who control the Legislature will jockey […]

High Court Won’t Stop California Inmate Reduction

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SACRAMENTO – The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it will not consider Gov. Jerry Brown’s appeal of an order to trim the state prison population by another 9,600 inmates, leaving him with just one more chance to persuade a lower court to stop or delay a reduction that he says threatens public safety. The justices […]

Governor Brown Signs California State Budget; Boosts K12 Education Spending

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SACRAMENTO – California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state spending plan for the coming fiscal year Thursday that makes budget-busting deficits a distant memory, funnels billions of additional dollars to K-12 schools and begins restoring social service programs that were cut during the recession. The budget also expands Medicaid to an additional 1.4 million low-income […]

Governor and Democratic Leaders Announce Budget Deal

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SACRAMENTO — The budget compromise announced today between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders largely mirrors the governor’s proposal for a fiscally restrained spending plan that assumes conservative revenue projections. But there’s a catch: Rank-and-file Democratic lawmakers say they are agreeing to less spending than they wanted so they could pass the budget […]

Calif. Dems Meet in Sacramento; Back Gun Control, Prop 13 Reforms

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SACRAMENTO – California Democrats adopted resolutions on Sunday affirming many of their biggest political goals, including changing California’s landmark property tax limitation law, Proposition 13, supporting more gun control legislation and imposing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil. Delegates to the party’s annual convention also urged President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL […]

All Schools Get More Money Under Guv’s New Funding Proposal

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SACRAMENTO — All California schools will receive at least the same amount of money as they currently do, and poorer ones will receive significantly more, under Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping proposal to change K-12 education funding, according to district-by-district estimates released Wednesday. Last month, the Democratic governor released a budget plan that proposed drastic changes […]

AP Exclusive: Inmate Lawsuits Cost Calif. $200M

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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has begun aggressively challenging federal court oversight of California’s prison system by highlighting what he says is a costly conflict of interest: The private law firms representing inmates and the judges’ own hand-picked authorities benefit financially by keeping the cases alive. How much are they making? A tally by The […]

Calif. Budget Aims to Change Education Funding

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LOS ANGELES – Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds. Fresh off voter-approved hikes in the state sales tax and income taxes on the wealthy, the Democratic governor’s newly […]

Calif. Budget To Be Buoyed By Voter-Approved Tax Hikes

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SACRAMENTO — After years of double-digit deficits and billions in budget cuts, California’s fiscal outlook is looking brighter. Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday will propose his third budget since reclaiming the governor’s office. It’s expected to be the first time in many years that the nation’s most populous state does not face drastic budget cuts. […]

California Challenges Feds’ Inmate Population Cap

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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown is challenging a federal court order that California further reduce its inmate population to improve prison conditions, reigniting a legal battle that once reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Complying with the court’s June deadline for lowering the prison population would endanger public safety, Brown contends in court filings seeking to […]