SACRAMENTO (LOS ANGELES TIMES)-
Gov. Jerry Brown will propose a $106.8-billion budget on Friday, increasing state spending on schools, healthcare and welfare for poor Californians.
Brown will also propose stashing $1.6 billion in a rainy day fund as a buffer against future economic turmoil.
A copy of the budget proposal was obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
The document is evidence of California’s financial turnaround after years of spending cuts. In an introductory message, Brown says the state has turned the corner on a “decade of intractable deficits.”
The proposal includes nearly $10 billion more for schools and community colleges than was previously anticipated.
Brown also proposes $670 million in new healthcare spending for mental health, dental care and substance abuse. And he wants to boost welfare checks by 5% and expand child-care for low-income families in hopes the parents will be able to re-enter the workforce.