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Lawmakers, budget watchers’ first look at Governor Brown’s 2017-2018 state budget proposal




California Governor Jerry Brown speaks to reporters as he announces his proposed budget at the California State Capitol on January 10, 2011 in Sacramento, California.
California Governor Jerry Brown speaks to reporters as he announces his proposed budget at the California State Capitol on January 10, 2011 in Sacramento, California.
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California Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year today and for the first time in four years, it projects a deficit of about $1.6 billion.

In a letter he wrote to the legislature, Governor Brown calls the budget “the most difficult that we have faced since 2012” but says that rollbacks of planned spending increases and reallocation of money earmarked for things like affordable housing and state office building renovations will ensure the budget stays balanced while still putting state funds into things like counteracting poverty and increasing funding for K-12 and higher education in the state.

You can see the full budget summary here and read more about some of its highlights from KQED California politics and government reporter Marisa Lagos here.

Guests:

Marisa Lagos, reporter for KQED’s California Government and Politics desk; she tweets @mlagos

H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the California Department of Finance

Chris Hoene, executive director of the California Budget & Policy Center

Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia), State Assemblyman representing the 33rd Assembly District and Assembly Republican Caucus Budget Committee Vice Chair