Budget cuts money for enviornmental protection, draws criticism for inadequate increase in funds for developmentally disabled
By Miriam Raftery
January 14, 2016 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a $170.7 billion budget that includes big increases in education funding and modest increases in programs for the poor, while also adding $2 billion to the state’s rainy day fund.
Relative to years past, the state budget is in good shape,” Brown wrote in a Governor’s message attached to a budget summary. “Education funding is at its highest level ever, Fifteen million Californians are covered by Medi‑Cal or Covered California, the minimum wage has risen to $10 an hour, and for the first time, the state will provide almost $400 million to low‑wage working families through an earned income tax credit.”