On Monday, June 27, 2016, the Governor signed SB 826, the 2016-17 Budget Act, and a number of trailer bills to implement policy changes in the budget. For the first time since the 1980’s, the Governor did not exercise his line-item veto authority to reduce or eliminate any of the budget appropriations passed by the Legislature.
The budget includes $122.5 billion in General Fund expenditures, $51.6 billion of which is slated for K-12 education programs. The budget prioritizes preparing for the next economic downturn, one of the Governor’s top priorities, by placing an extra $2 billion into the state’s Rainy Day Fund, bringing the total fund balance to $6.7 billion. The budget also addresses one of the Legislature’s top priorities by including $400 million for affordable housing, tied to future regulatory reform, and authorizing development of a $2 billion bond program to address homelessness for individuals with mental health needs. Details of this program are still being negotiated.
On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Governor released his 2016-17 May Revision. We are currently reviewing the details concerning school facilities. In the press conference, the Governor was asked if he opposed the State School Bond, Governor Brown stated that he did not support or oppose the measure, and could deal with its costs if it was approved. This is consistent with his January 2016 statements concerning his position on the State School Bond.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
1001 I Street-CalEPA Building Byron Sher Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814
The Living Schoolyards for Stormwater Management seminar will explore opportunities to enhance school grounds while improving the way we manage our stormwater. The coupling of green schoolyards with stormwater management can improve urban ecological systems while enhancing water quality and supply. As California continues to navigate the impacts of drought, we must recognize that stormwater is a resource and California schools play a role in our response. This event is free to attend and will also be available for webcast.
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