Brown OKs bud­get with­out sin­gle veto

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA - By Melody Gu­tier­rez

SACRA­MENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a $122 bil­lion state bud­get on Mon­day that puts $3.3 bil­lion in the state’s rainy-day fund — $2 bil­lion more than con­sti­tu­tion­ally re­quired — to bring the re­serve to $6.7 bil­lion.

And no­tably, the gover­nor did not use his au­thor­ity to tweak the bud­get that had passed the state Leg­is­la­ture ear­lier this month. The last time a gover­nor did not veto a sin­gle item in the bud­get was the 1982-83 bud­get, when Brown was at the helm the first time.

The 2016-17 state bud­get sends $71.9 bil­lion to K-12 schools and com­mu­nity col­leges, which is the high­est amount sent to schools un­der the state’s min­i­mum fund­ing guar­an­tee. Per stu­dent spend­ing in K-12 schools in­creased to $10,643, which is up $3,600 since 2011-12.

The state will spend $3.6 bil­lion in state and fed­eral money to­ward af­ford­able hous­ing and home­less­ness pro­grams. That in­cludes $400 mil­lion Assem­bly Democrats sought for af­ford­able hous­ing pro­grams. That money will be set aside un­til the Leg­is­la­ture and Brown reach a deal on the gover­nor’s calls for stream­lin­ing de­vel­op­ment projects.

Brown wants to stream­line the re­view process for hous­ing pro­pos­als that meet a city’s zon­ing re­quire­ments, but the leg­is­la­tion has been op­posed by unions and other groups that say it side­steps the state’s en­vi­ron­men­tal laws.

The state will au­tho­rize a $2 bil­lion bond from fu­ture Propo­si­tion 63 men­tal health rev­enues to cre­ate af­ford­able hous­ing pro­grams for the men­tally ill.

The bud­get in­cluded Democrats’ long-sought re­peal of a con­tro­ver­sial limit on wel­fare ben­e­fits.

The “max­i­mum fam­ily grant” does not al­low for in­creased wel­fare pay­ments if a child is born af­ter a fam­ily has al­ready been re­ceiv­ing ben­e­fits.

Re­peal­ing the law is ex­pected to cost $110 mil­lion in 2016-17. Democrats sought the re­peal for sev­eral years, say­ing the cap on wel­fare pay­ments en­dan­gers the health of in­fants born into poverty and in­ten­tion­ally delves into the re­pro­duc­tive de­ci­sions of poor women.

“This bal­anced, on­time bud­get — which also re­spon­si­bly grows the state’s rainy day fund — is the re­sult of hundreds of hours of pub­lic hear­ings,” Assem­bly Speaker Anthony Ren­don, D-Paramount (Los An­ge­les County), said in a state­ment.

“That shows the bud­get process is work­ing and our fi­nal prod­uct means Cal­i­for­nia is in stronger fis­cal shape than we have been for years.”

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