SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Riding a wave of new tax revenue, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a state spending plan that eliminates the deficit and provides $6.3 billion more in spending than the previous year.
(See 2013-14 Full Budget Summary pdf accompanying this story)
The comparatively rosy budget outlook for the coming fiscal year shows the nation's most populous state beginning to turn the corner on an era of deep budget shortfalls and spending cuts to core state programs.
California's persistent budget woes came to symbolize the plight of states struggling through the recession as tax revenue declined steeply, leaving governors and state legislatures around the country little choice but to consider deep cuts or unpopular tax increases.
Brown took both approaches, pushing an austerity message while persuading California voters last fall to approve increases to the state sales tax and income taxes on high-income earners.
The resulting $97.6 billion general fund budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year will send more money to public schools and universities.
- $97.6 billion general fund, a 5 percent increase over the current fiscal year.
- $145 billion total budget, which includes $40.9 billion in special funds dedicated to a particular purpose and $7.2 billion in bond funding.
- $56.2 billion for K-12 schools and community colleges, $2.7 billion more than in the current fiscal year.
- $11.1 billion for higher education, a 13.6 percent increase. It includes $250 million more for each the UC and CSU systems.
- $28.3 billion for Health and Human Services.
- $8.8 billion for state prisons, a slight increase.
- $2.5 billion for natural resources and environmental protection, about the same as the current year.
- $645 million for housing, and business and consumer services, a nearly 200 percent increase.
- $207 million for transportation, a 13 percent increase.
- $1 billion rainy day fund.
- $61.7 billion from personal income taxes, a 1.8 percent increase.
- $23.2 billion from sales and use taxes, a 12.3 percent increase.
- $9.1 billion from corporation taxes, 20.4 percent increase.
- $2.2 billion from insurance taxes, an 8.7 percent increase.
- $326 million from liquor taxes, a 1.9 percent increase.
- $89 million from tobacco taxes, 2.2 percent decrease.
- $23 million from vehicle fees, a 3 percent decrease.