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Governor's Budget for 2012-13

Posted on 03/02/2012

Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year on January 5, 2012. The budget provides a plan to close a $9.2 billion deficit for the 2011–12 and 2012–13 fiscal years through a combination of program reductions and reforms and revenue increases. The budget proposal assumes voter approval in November 2012 of the Governor’s proposed initiative to temporarily increase income and sales taxes.

The California Department of Education (CDE) fiscal policy staff has prepared a letter (www) which provides information on the Governor's proposals that affect K-12 education and child development programs. Although Adult Education is not mentioned in the letter, the status of funding for K-12 is relevant for Adult Education.

The letter reviews the overall budget as well as proposed tax proposals, effects of changes in redevelopment agencies affecting K-12 education funding, changes to Proposition 98, cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments, and other items.

The Governor’s Budget proposes several changes to the K–14 mandate reimbursement system. Among the changes are the suspensions of more than half of the existing education mandates. The suspended mandates would be eliminated (or made permissive) beginning in 2013–14. The remaining mandates would be rolled up in a block grant. A chart listing the affected mandates is provided.

The Governor's Budget proposal will be the subject of debate and discussions throughout the spring. The deadline for final legislative action on the budget is June 15. The budget takes effect on July 1, 2012.

The letter is available on the CDE Web site (www). Other budget-related documents, are available through the CDE Education Budget Web page (www). Official state budget documents are available through the Department of Finance (DOF) Web site (www).