State budget may be on time
June 11, 2013
A timely state budget is on the horizon after Gov. Jerry Brown reached accord with lawmakers on sticking points in the $96.4 billion spending plan. (San Jose Mercury News)
Both houses of the Legislature are expected to approve a budget by this weekend.
Most of the state’s newly-found money will go into K-12 education, with an emphasis on disadvantaged students, which was Brown’s promise while successfully campaigning for an increase in the state sales tax. That tax has yielded an additional $46 billion to state coffers.
More money for poor students, foster children and English learners will be made available under the planned budget.
“As all budgets are acts of compromise, this budget would be no exception,” legislative Budget Committee chair Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) told reporters. “Our safety net has been shredded in recent years.”