So today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: J-Breezy released the revisions to his proposed budget. Here’s Chris Newfield’s initial reaction:
I only have a few minutes today to look at the Governor’s May budget revision, and here’s what I see. Current-year revenues are up $2.8 billion over forecasts, and $6.6 billion over two years. Governor Brown, true to his turnscrew austerity vision of aHooverite unstimulus for all Californians, increases allocations to no one except K-12 and the community colleges “pursuant to Proposition 98,” and, unbelievably, prisons, with a drop for mental health (page 4).
The Regents’ strategy of saying that state funding is never coming back has paid off big-time: UC and CSU get exactly zero – not even a $10 million or $50 million booby prize for not fighting the $500 million cuts. The crappy squeezing of health services is intact (page 3), as is the closing of 70 state parks to save a whopping $11 million this year. There is no wavering of Gov Brown’s vision in which the government’s one and only priority is reducing the deficit.
If I have misread something here, or you can explain why it’s a lot better for health and education and public infrastructure to have Jerry Brown rather than Arnold Schwarzenegger in the governor’s mansion, please write.
This of course only holds if Brown gets the tax extensions he’s been advocating, though it seems more likely that the Republicans will do anything they can to impede their passage. If the block succeeds, a so-called “all cuts” budget is all but guaranteed. According to the San Jose Mercury News:
Monday’s revised budget warned of brutal cuts if the taxes are not approved and an “all cuts” budget is needed.
Among those: Cutting four weeks from the school year to save $5 billion, since education makes up 40 percent of the state general fund; cutting $500 million each from the UC and CSU systems, which already have been cut by $500 million each this year; closing more than the 70 state parks already marked for closure; dropping state supervision of non-violent parolees; deeper cuts in health services, like prescription drug programs for low-income residents.
Splendid. For more, check out our comrades over at Reclaim UC.