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The State's non-Budget

posted May 23, 2011, 9:44 AM by Gary Jones   [ updated May 23, 2011, 9:49 AM ]

Last week, Governor Brown unveiled his May revision to the budget. The “May Revise” provides the legislature and government agencies throughout the state an updated view of the state’s economy and the governor’s position on the 2011-12 budget.

An unexpected increase in revenues obligates the state to provide a portion of these revenues to the schools. However, governors and state legislatures tend to work in concert to prevent the schools from receiving our Proposition 98-guaranteed revenues. I fully expect that state leaders will continue to ignore their legal obligations and support their spending habits with school dollars.

But just using the schools’ money is not enough; the state has a structural deficit problem. This means, the state spends more than it receives, year after year after year. Consequently, the governor proposes to extend or increase taxes for five years to solve the problem or pass an “all-cuts” budget. I my opinion, neither of the governor’s proposals will materialize.

So until our state leaders act, school districts and county superintendents are required to establish next year’s budget based on…the state's non-budget.