It’s that time of year again. The July 1st deadline for the state budget is looming large and Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are hard at work ironing out the kinks on the proposed spending plan. Brown is calling for fiscal prudence with a small bump to social and education programs. Legislators are pushing for him to restore cuts made to welfare, healthcare, childcare and education.
In what Senator Jim Nielsen refers to as a last minute jam job, education lobbyists distributed proposed language into the state budget that would limit local school districts’ ability to save for a rainy day fund. Despite statewide protest by school officials, Democrat lawmakers passed the measure.
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) questioned the wisdom of approving this measure.
Nielsen says “This discourages school districts from being fiscally prudent.”