Republican Board of Equalization member George Runner, who represents the Mother Lode, says, "It's a smart move by the governor to boost the state's rainy day fund (by $10-billion), since as he warns, the threat of a recession still looms, and California is still very much vulnerable to boom-and-bust budgeting".
Sacramento Democrats see Brown's pragmatic budgeting style as the political philosophy of a lame duck, with shriveling power to reward allies and punish enemies. And community college students were more likely than students at both public and private four-year institutions to be enrolled in at least one distance-education course.
However, the UC released a statement on the same day that the increase in funding is still less than what was anticipated under a previous agreement between the University and the governor, and that it does not include funding for UC enrollment growth.
"We can talk about spending now and cutting later, or filling the reserves and continue our spending right along", Brown said.
When combined with more than $100 million in settle-up payments for prior years, the budget proposes an increased investment of $4.6 billion in K-14 education. From this recent low, funding has grown substantially, and is projected to grow to $78.3 billion in 2018-19 - an increase of $31 billion (66 percent) in seven years.
He's proposing a $190.3 billion spending plan today that accelerates funding for his signature education law and uses new gas tax revenue to fund $4.6 billion in new transportation projects.
"As it relates to poverty, the governor stated that unlike other states, California has a good system of support, but it is modest", said Sen. Dodd's district, which includes all or portions of Napa and Sonoma counties, was heavily impacted by the wildfires in October.
Brown earned the nickname "Governor Moonbeam" in his first stint as a budget-busting progressive governor in the 1970s. "I will be working with the administration and my colleagues in the Legislature to expand our efforts on disaster recovery and preparedness". "California community colleges are serving 2.1 million students each year, but we are still not meeting the needs of 2.5 million others who for a variety of reasons can not attend classes on our campuses", he said.
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said in November that the state was on track to end the 2018-19 fiscal year with $19.3 billion in total reserves.
The first $135 million of that will pay back the general fund for costs of building the state bureaucracy to regulate marijuana.
"The whole point is to think ahead and minimize the pain that is coming, because of the way our business cycle works", Brown said during his budget press conference Wednesday.
"My Senate Republican colleagues and I are advocating for a pragmatic "2-2-2" framework that ensures the surplus will not be squandered on spending we can not afford", Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said in a statement.
"Californians worked incredibly hard to pay these record high taxes and deserve the absolute best return for their hard work", said Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel. This act provides $55 billion in new funding over the next decade, split evenly between state and local projects.
Republicans generally praised the governor's fiscal caution but want any extra money to be spent not on social services, but instead on paying down pension and retiree health care debt - and on infrastructure.