Assembly Budget Chair Releases Budget Blueprint
Dec. 6, 2018
Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) outlined key priorities for the 2019-20 State Budget in his “Blueprint for a Responsible Budget” earlier this week. Under the theme of “Funding Progress | Protecting Tomorrow,” the blueprint provides a high-level overview of how to further bolster reserves, keep promises made, and pursue long-term goals given the LAO’s estimated $15 billion in unanticipated revenue for 2019-20.
Of note for counties, the Blueprint outlines a budget plan that seeks to:
- Protect communities from wildfires, prepare for future disasters, and assist in recovery;
- Continue CalWORKs grant increases to reduce Deep Poverty;
- Renew and extend the Medi-Cal managed care organization tax and eliminate possible In Home Supportive Services hour reduction;
- Invest in programs to expand affordable housing and prevent homelessness;
- Provide Universal Access to Health Care;
- Reduce recidivism through effective reentry employment and higher education programs for people leaving prison;
- Find a funding mechanism to provide clean drinking water to all California communities;
- Address the evolution of California’s waste stream and update recycling programs to meet State goals; and,
- Fix toxic contamination clean-up and enforcement processes.
The full outline is available here and the press release is available here. The incoming Governor will release his 2019-20 Budget proposal by January 10 at which time CSAC will provide a Budget Action Bulletin with the key provisions of importance to counties.