Last night, the Legislature passed the FY 2014-15 Budget Act and a number of accompanying trailer bills in order to meet the June 15 constitutional deadline. The budget includes $108 billion in General Fund spending and reflects a number of important education policy changes, including an expansion of state-funded preschool and a plan to begin addressing unfunded liabilities in the teacher pension system (CalSTRS). Below is a selection of some of the key education components included in the budget as adopted by the Legislature. Continue reading →
The Legislature just passed a very important deadline: May 2 was the last day for policy committees to hear bills with fiscal implications. Most bills are now pending in the Appropriations Committee in their house of origin and must be passed out of this committee by May 23. Bills are then considered by the full Senate or Assembly and must be passed out of their original house by May 30.
Below is an update on a number of priority bills for which C.A.S.H. has taken a position or that staff is actively monitoring. Note that when bills are heard in the Appropriations Committee, the Committee will often defer action, sending bills to the “suspense file.” This is a mechanism whereby each house collects and prioritizes bills with state fiscal implications, acting upon them at a later date.