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California’s 2015 budget: what you need to know




California governor-elect Jerry Brown looks on as he leads a briefing on California's state budget.
California governor-elect Jerry Brown looks on as he leads a briefing on California's state budget.
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Gov. Jerry Brown has released his proposed operating budget for 2015. Included in the governor’s plan is $532 million in funding to combat climate change. In addition, the budget attempts to reduce the $72 billion-dollar deficit for state retiree health benefits and provides the state with a $2.8 billion rainy day fund.

Today, AirTalk examines the finer points of Gov. Brown’s budget to find out where your money is going.

Guests:

H.D. Palmer, deputy director of external affairs, California Department of Finance

Jeff Stone, Republican State Senator for California’s 28th State Senate district, including Indio, Murrieta, Palm Springs, and other parts of Riverside County, and a member of the Senate Budget Committee

Jeff Brewer, communications manager, California Partnership, a statewide coalition of community-based groups advocating to reduce and end poverty; California Partnership is also a leading member of Health Care for America Now, a national movement uniting consumers, labor and community organizations for health care reform​