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.
Today the Governor released the May Revision budget update. His budget estimates an additional $2.4 billion in revenues from 2012-13 through 2014-15. This increases the Proposition 98 minimum guarantee by $659 million.
The Governor continues to prioritize fiscal restraint and addressing long-term debts. As such, the May Revision is silent on the possibility of a new statewide bond on the November ballot. It also does not include any modifications or additional comments on the school facilities proposals made in the January budget: $188.1 million for the Emergency Repair Program, and the transfer of $211 million in remaining bond authority from four specialized programs to the main New Construction and Modernization programs. Continue reading →
On Thursday May 8th the Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education held a hearing that included the Governor’s budget proposals on Proposition 39, the School Facilities Program (SFP), and the Emergency Repair Program (ERP). The following is a summary of these budget items that were discussed in committee, as well as C.A.S.H.’s testimony on each item.
There have been approximately 16 Proposition 39 Energy Expenditure Plans (EEP) submitted to the California Energy Commission, with four approved EEPs sent on to the California Department of Education for funding. Contacting the California Conservation Corp. (CCC) is one way to begin the process for your district. The CCC provides services to school districts in phases: Continue reading →
February 3, 2014
On Friday, January 31, the California Energy Commission announced that it is now accepting Energy Expenditure Plans (EEPs). The CEC also released the program Handbook, as well as forms and calculators to assist in completing EEPs.
Per the CEC:
The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) is now accepting Energy Expenditure Plans. Please see our Proposition 39 page at http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/ for details including the Handbook, Forms, Calculators and Resources.
Today the California Energy Commission (CEC) voted unanimously to adopt the Proposition 39: California Clean Energy Jobs Act – 2013 Program Implementation Guidelines (Guidelines). The CEC adopted a revised version of the Guidelines, which became available to the public this morning and can be found at the link below. Per the Guidelines, the CEC will begin to accept submission of Energy Expenditure Plans (EEPs) in January 2014. The CEC intends to prepare and distribute a program handbook to assist Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with participation and provide clarification on the Guidelines. Continue reading →
Today the Legislative Analyst’s Office released the five-year revenue and expenditure estimates for California’s State Budget. This is the most optimistic projection since 2007-08. We hope that it will not suffer the same recession battered fate as the 2007-08 projection.
The top line is State General Fund revenue growing by $27.1 billion between now and 2019-20 (even after the end of the Proposition 30 sales and income tax increases). Of this, the 2013-14 revenues are expected to be $4.7 billion above the Governor’s Budget projection, while 2014-15 will be $5.8 billion greater than 2013-14. Continue reading →
Proposition 39, Local Control Funding Formula, and Priority Funding Projects
In this month’s Message, I am highlighting the most recent work of the State Allocation Board Program Review Subcommittee, C.A.S.H.’s work on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and its implications for school M&O and facilities departments, as well as the Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) apportionment for Priority Funding Projects. Continue reading →