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.
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