Governor Brown Signs 2012-13 Budget

June 29, 2012

Office of Governor – Summary

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Wednesday signed a balanced state budget that protects funding for education and public safety while cutting $8 billion from government to close a $15.7 billion deficit and build a reserve of nearly $1 billion.

The budget slashes spending in almost every part of state government and enacts significant welfare reform while increasing funding for K-12 education by 14 percent, pending voter approval of the Governor’s initiative.

“This budget reflects tough choices that will help get California back on track,” said Governor Brown. “I commend the Legislature for making difficult decisions, especially enacting welfare reform and across-the-board pay cuts. All this lays the foundation for job growth and continuing economic expansion.”

“My revenue proposal is fair and temporary,” said Governor Brown. “Our state budget problem was built up over a decade, and it won’t be fixed overnight. These temporary increases will ensure funding for our schools until the economy improves.”

The budget builds on the significant progress that has been made in tackling the $26.6 billion deficit inherited from the previous administration. Last year’s budget slashed $16 billion and shifted California’s credit outlook from negative to positive.

Last year’s budget cut funding for dozens of state programs, made state government more efficient through consolidation and reorganization and moved government closer to the people through Realignment.

www.dof.ca.gov.

http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/Enacted/BudgetSummary/BSS/BSS.html

CSEA
San Jose – The budget is predicated on voters approving the Schools and Local Public Safety Act this November. If it fails, the budget includes a proposed trigger reduction of approximately $5.5 billion for K-14 education.

While the state continues to face budget pressures, this budget — with the passage of the revenue initiative — puts California on its most stable footing in years.

Vetoes
The Governor did use his line item veto authority to trim an additional $195.7 million from the final budget. While most of the components of the education budget remained intact, the Governor made the following reductions specifically related to education and child care programs:

Early Mental Health Initiative – Eliminates $15 million for the Early Mental Health Initiative program. In his veto message the Governor stated that he appreciated the importance of prevention and early intervention services, but believed that school districts are in the best position to determine whether these services should be funded at the local level.

Child Care and Preschool Education -Reduces child care and preschool programs by $30 million or 8.7 percent across the board. The Governor indicated that this reduction was necessary to help bring ongoing expenditures in line with existing resources.

 


Budget Package Moves to Governor

June 27, 2012

LEGISLATURE PASSES REMAINING TRAILER BILLS

Today the Legislature passed the remaining budget trailer bills, including the education trailer bill, and now the budget package moves to the Governor.  After a week of discussions, the Governor and Legislative leaders resolved the remaining outstanding issues and provide a plan that closes the state’s $15.7 billion deficit. The agreement protects education and includes tough ongoing cuts to social service programs.

“We have worked cooperatively and productively with the Governor and our colleagues in the Senate to put forward a budget that reflects the commitment we made in January to eliminate the deficit, protect education and put California’s fiscal house in order by our Constitutional deadline,” said Assembly Speaker John Perez.

The budget continues to fund education programs at the same level as 2011-12, funds home-to-school transportation, rejects the Governor’s proposal to flex all K-12 education funding through a weighted student formula and rejects the consolidation of community college categorical programs.

Here are some key education highlights:

K-12

  • Maintains the current year level of spending for schools, approximately $47.8 billion.
  • No COLA. The actual COLA of 3.24% is not funded.
  • Maintains the funding for Home-to-School Transportation but does not make these funds flexible.
  • Rejects the weighted student formula proposal and maintains revenue limit and categorical funding allocations per existing law.
  • Provides approximately $2 billion to reduce inter-year budgetary deferrals for K-12 schools.
  • Approves $15 million for the Early Mental Health Initiative and shifts administration of the program to the Department of Education.
  • Modifies the Governor’s proposal on education mandates to offer school districts the choice to be funded through the newly established $200 million block grant and receive $28 per pupil or continue to use the current mandate claiming process.

Community Colleges

  • Maintains the base budget, without raising student fees, but provides no new funding proposed for growth, COLA, or for restoration of categorical programs.  
  • Provides no backfill for the estimated student fee revenue shortfall of $100 million in the current year.
  • Provides a backfill, if necessary, to hold CCCs harmless from shortages in property taxes related to the dissolution of Redevelopment Agencies.
  • Rejected the Governor’s language to make changes to the CCC’s funding formula and to provide increased flexibility among categorical programs by consolidating 21 programs into a single block grant.
  • Provides a new mandates block grant, under which districts could opt to either 1) receive $28/FTES and opt out of claims or 2) use the existing claims process.
  • If the tax initiative passes, $159.9 million would buy down cash deferrals and $50 million to fund growth. If the tax initiative fails, no deferral buy down and a trigger cut of $340 million implemented as a workload reduction.

Trigger Cuts if Governor’s Tax Initiative Fails

As we mentioned before, this budget depends on the passage of the Governor’s revenue initiative in November. If it fails, the budget includes a proposed trigger reduction of approximately $5.5 billion for K-14 education.

In order to meet this level of reduction, the education trailer bill authorizes schools to provide a school year of not less than 160 days in fiscal years 2012-13 and 2013-14. Essentially, the budget would allow K-12 districts to reduce the school year by 15 days in each of the next two budget years (on top of the five days already cut in previous budgets) subject to collective bargaining. 

CSEA and the Education Coalition oppose the disproportionate cut to education funding should the Governor’s initiative fail.  This type of action continues the pattern of unfair cuts that have led to employee layoffs, furloughs and devastated services to students since the budget crisis began.

Accordingly, CSEA supports the Governor’s tax initiative which would prevent further cuts to schools and provide approximately $17 billion for education funding over the next four years.

Other Items – Healthy Families

The budget eliminates the Healthy Families Program and transitions all of the children currently covered under that program to the Medi-Cal program.  This transition will impact nearly 900,000 children and will occur in four phases beginning January 1, 2013 and ending December 31, 2013.  The Legislature has built in accountability measures and reporting requirements to make sure that each phase of the transition is concluded before the next transition phase can occur.   This is to mitigate any problems that occur in enrolling children in Medi-Cal and securing medical providers to serve them.  There will also be an education component and a stakeholder process to build awareness of the change and to address any problems early.

What’s Next?

The Governor has until June 30th to sign the budget.  Given that the Governor has worked closely with Legislative leaders on the budget we expect that he will approve the budget by the end of this week.

Caution: This report is based on a preliminary analysis of the budget.  Some proposals may change as additional details become available.  We will provide you with additional reports on any new and significant findings.

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Initial Contract Proposal for 12/13

June 6, 2012

Initial Proposal of the

California School Employees Association and its Chapter #293

To the

Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District

For 2012/2013 Re-Opener Negotiations

June 4, 2012

 

Article 13: Leaves

CSEA #293 seeks an enhanced ability for unit members to be able to access their contractually provided leave time.

Article 17: Hours of Employment

CSEA #293 seeks improvements in the process used to assign additional hours of work.

Article 18: Wages

CSEA #293 desires to maintain fair and equitable wages for bargaining unit members.

Article 19: Reclassification and Salary Adjustments

CSEA #293 seeks to address reclassification of bargaining unit employees.

Article 20: Health and Welfare

CSEA #293 desires that unit members continue to maintain their current Health and Welfare benefits.

All other provisions of the collective agreement in force to June 30, 2012 shall remain in full force and effect.

 

The Association reserves the right to make additional proposals at any time during the bargaining process; including but not limited to responses to proposals made by the District.

 


June Reminder For Your 293 Chapter Meeting

June 4, 2012

 Monday, June 11th, 2012

This is the last chapter meeting
of this school year.

The location is set for the ESC in the conference room.
Our meeting will begin at 5:15 pm.

Site Reps can start meeting at 4:45 for Q&A, or just for advice and support.

The ESC is located at 4999 Casa Loma Avenue in the city of Yorba Linda.
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June 5, 2012 Primary Election

June 1, 2012

Some information from our State Association Website

Open primary system:
This year, the primary system will work a little bit differently than in years past. Under Proposition 14, which was passed by California voters in 2010, all candidates running in a primary election for offices other than President and local offices will appear on a single ballot. Voters can vote for any candidate, and the top two overall vote-getters – regardless of political party – will move on to the general election. Previously, the top vote-getter from each qualified political party would move on to the general election.

Find your polling place:

Los Angeles (19)
http://www.lavote.net/LOCATOR/
or
12400 Imperial Hwy.  Norwalk, CA 90650-8350
(562) 466-1310  (800) 815-2666 (Local Callers Only)

Orange (30)
https://electionmapping.ocgov.com/pollfind/index-new.asp
or
1300 South Grand Ave., Bldg. C
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 567-7600

Riverside (33)
http://www.voteinfo.net/voterInformation/root0605/pollplac.htm
 or
2724 Gateway Drive
Riverside, CA 92507-0918
(951) 486-7200

San Bernardino (36)
http://cms.sbcounty.gov/rov/RegistrationVotingInfo/FindYourPollingPlace/FindYourPollingPlaceApplication.aspx
or
777 East Rialto Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415
(909) 387-8300

How CSEA’s endorsement process works:
Candidates are selected by CSEA’s Political Action for Classified Employees (PACE) Committee for recommendation to the CSEA Board of Directors, with CSEA Board Members making the official endorsement. These recommendations are made by PACE of CSEA based on candidates’ voting records, answers to CSEA’s questionnaires and candidate interviews or some combination of these. Candidates are rated for such recommendation based on issues of importance to CSEA, including school and community college funding, retirement benefit protections, health care reform, workers’ rights and other issues impacting CSEA members in their work place. ( CSEA’s Statewide Voter Guide )

Selections from a letter from President Clark:
“As classified employees working in California’s schools and community colleges, we live with the constant threat of cuts, furloughs and layoffs. Those of us who still have our jobs know someone who has lost theirs. We have seen friends, family members and neighbors lose their homes. Some have lost their healthcare and many others cannot afford to keep it. Adult children have had to move back in with their parents. College graduates can’t find jobs.”

“It is time to invest in public education and protect the future of our children. It’s time to rebuild, not tear down the middle class; to honor, not attack union members and what we do for our students. Together we can make it happen—right now in 2012. By taking action, we’ll improve our future, our working conditions and our standard of living, while helping public education.”

“The challenge we face is not about the right or the left. It is about right and wrong.

The choice is clear.

We must, and will, take action to preserve our right to speak out and to advocate for public education. We will act right now to provide desperately needed funding for California’s public schools and community colleges by passing a funding initiative.

By working together, our actions will decide the outcome of the 2012 elections. We are determined, once and for all, to end the nightmare of cuts, layoffs and furloughs.

We are proud of the work you do in our schools and communities every day. I am confident that we will be successful. Together we will win.

In Solidarity,

Allan Clark”