CA Education Policy Update

Mar 11th, 2011

CA Education Policy Update

By: Mona Vakilifathi | 02:03 PM

Governor Brown and state legislators were not able to pass the state budget by its deadline this week.  According to The Press Enterprise, the L.A. Times, Contra Costa Times, The Sacramento Bee, and The San Francisco Chronicle Politics blog, Brown and Republicans have not been able to negotiate a budget deal that also appeals to Republicans’ concerns. As a result, Brown has asked for a delay in voting on the budget until next week, as reported by the L.A. Times and The Sacramento Bee. Overall, the issues between Brown and the Republicans remain the same, where Republicans are urging for more business-friendly regulations, some of which conflicts with current state environmental regulations, in addition to pension reform. (The San Jose Mercury News, the CalPensions blog, The Sacramento Bee, The California Majority Report, and The Wall Street Journal all provide updates and news regarding state pension reform within the last week.) With budget negotiations between Democrats and Republicans continuing through the weekend, state leaders expect a budget vote early next week, as reported by the L.A. Times PolitiCal blog, The Sacramento Bee CapitolAlert blog, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
 
Although the deadline was self-imposed by Brown, The Sacramento Bee details the effects of the current delay regarding the state budget and the special election for tax extensions. Specifically, the delay would also postpone the date for the special election, as stated by another article from The Sacramento Bee.
 
HealthyCal.org reports that Democrats are still considering using a majority vote to sidestep Republicans in passing the budget proposal, thanks to the passage of Proposition 25 last year, but these articles report that Democrats are not entirely supportive in using this strategy just yet. The previously-mentioned articles state Brown’s preference to postpone and negotiate with state Republicans rather than pursuing the majority vote.
 
Despite the progress being made in Sacramento, The Sacramento Bee and Capitol Weekly report that advocates for redevelopment agencies and developmentally disabled services intend to file a lawsuit against Brown claiming that Brown’s budget proposal violates existing state laws. Additionally, Bloomberg reports that the current budget proposal will do little to address the long-term spending issues facing California.
 
For additional resources and information pertaining to the budget, The Sacramento Bee provides several links, including a link from the State Controller’s office, which better explains the state budget and the state deficit. In addition, the L.A. Times reports that the State Auditor released a report that offers new ways to reduce government spending.