|Thursday, January 09, 2014|
Today, Governor Brown presented his 2014-15 budget proposal one day earlier than originally planned. The Governor revealed that the 2014-15 budget provides $10 billion in new Proposition 98 funding – the most significant investment in school funding since 2008.The increased education funding is a direct result of the additional revenues provided by Proposition 30. CSEA and other unions were instrumental in passing Proposition 30 which was approved by the voters in 2012 to protect education funding.
The $10 billion will be used to eliminate school deferrals and provide an additional $4.5 billion toward the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). This is nearly twice the amount that was budgeted for LCFF in 2013-14.
Under the budget proposal, every school district in the state will receive more funding. As a result, there will be opportunities to continue to restore jobs and bargain for long overdue raises.
The Governor’s budget also proposes a policy change to strengthen the Rainy Day Fund, including creating a Proposition 98 reserve. In years where funding spikes, a certain amount will be saved to be used in years where the funding is in decline.
The 2014-15 budget proposes a multiyear plan that pays off budgetary debt from past years, and makes wise investments in education.
In a related note, the State Board of Education will soon be adopting LCFF regulations pursuant to statute. The State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Instruction have been clear that decisions on how to spend money will be made locally and the County Offices of Education will monitor spending. Therefore, we want to strongly encourage CSEA chapters to become involved in the development of your district’s local spending plan. CSEA is convening a taskforce to develop information and materials to help chapters engage in this effort.
Highlights of the Governor’s Budget Proposal Include:
Increase in Proposition 98 funding of approximately $10 billion over 2014-15. The increase will be allocated as follows:
Now that the Governor has introduced his budget, the Legislature will begin their analysis of those proposals over the next several months to craft a legislative budget.
The Legislature has until June 15th to present a budget to the Governor. Under the requirements of Proposition 25, the Governor must sign the budget by June 30th.
CSEA will be reviewing the detail of the budget to analyze the impact to schools and community colleges.
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.
If you wish to comment or would like additional information, please contact the CSEA Governmental Relations Office at (916) 444-0598. Letters can be sent to 1127 11th Street, Suite.346, Sacramento, CA 95814.
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