SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a $139 billion general fund budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Here’s a look at some noteworthy items:
$78 billion for K-12 schools and community colleges under Proposition 98, the funding guarantee approved by voters in 1988. School funding is up 66 percent since the 2011-12 fiscal year.
$500 million for emergency homeless aid that counties and cities can use on a range of programs, including housing vouchers and shelter construction. Brown also approved a ballot measure that will let voters decide whether to authorize $2 billion in bonds to house people who are homeless
$134 million for new voting equipment and money to create offices focused on election cybersecurity and risk management. It’s California’s largest investment in new voting systems in more than a decade.
$755 million to renovate the aging office building attached to the historic state Capitol, which houses most offices for lawmakers and their staff
$5 million to study ways to implement single-payer health care in California a priority for many Democratic activists
$90 million for efforts to boost participation in the 2020 census. The decennial count determines the size of the state’s congressional delegation and its share of federal funding, so state officials want to make sure everyone is counted. Some fear that immigrants will be afraid to provide personal information to a federal government helmed by President Donald Trump.
Starting in 2020, movies and television shows that receive tax breaks for filming in California will have to tell the state the number of women and people of color they employ. The latest iteration of the state’s film tax credit program also includes measures to combat discrimination, including requirements about film sets’ harassment policies and efforts to promote diverse hiring.