Governor Releases May Budget Revision
New Plan Offers Help With IHSS Cost-Shift to Counties
May 11, 2017
In a wide-ranging press conference this morning, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled the May Revision to his original January 2017-18 budget proposal. The May Revision is the real start to the “budget season” at the State Capitol and the clock is now ticking for the Legislature to approve a final budget by the constitutional deadline of June 15.
See our full analysis of the May Revision at this link.
The Governor continued his tone of fiscal prudence. “The issues are simple: we have ongoing pressures from Washington, and the economic recovery is not going to last forever,” said Governor Brown. “As we all know, in California we don’t live in a fixed world of straight-line revenues. They go up and they go down. We’ve had 10 recoveries and 10 recessions since World War II.” See the Governor’s news release about the May Revision here.
The Governor’s new proposal does offer some real relief from what would have been devastating impacts to county budgets due to a proposed cost shift to counties for the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program that was in the original January Budget. What could have been a $592 million shift has been largely mitigated for the first two years.
“We appreciate that the Governor and his staff understand that county services are truly vital to the health and well-being of the people we serve,” said CSAC President Keith Carson, Alameda County Supervisor. “However, we remain very concerned about the growing cost of the program in future years given changing demographics and economics. If nothing changes in a few years, vital services in health care, social services, behavioral and public safety will be at risk.”