Gov. Brown's budget plan at a glance
Gov. Jerry Brown today proposed $12.5 billion in cuts to a wide range of state programs and $12 billion in revenue, partly from an extension of tax increases, to close California's budget deficit. Here are some of his proposals.
- Total spending, including special funds and bond payments, is $127.4 billion for the 2011-12 fiscal year, slightly ahead of the current total spending of $125.2 billion.
- General fund spending is $84.6 billion, slightly less than the $86.5 billion adopted for the current fiscal year.
- The deficit is $8.2 billion in the current fiscal year and $17.2 billion in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
- Ask voters during a special election in June to maintain a 0.25 increase in the state income tax rate, an increase from 0.65 percent to 1.15 percent in the vehicle license fee and a 1 percent increase in the state sales tax for another five years. If approved, some of the revenue from the sales tax and vehicle license fees would go to local governments.
- Cuts of $500 million each for the University of California and California State University systems.
- Cuts $400 million from the California Community College system and increases fees to $36 per unit from $26 per unit, which is forecast to bring in $110 million.
- Caps doctor visits to 10 per year and sets maximum annual benefit limits for items such as hearing aids, medical equipment and urological supplies for a savings of $217 million.
- Requires co-payments from Medi-Cal recipients of $5 for doctor's office visits and most prescriptions, and a $50 emergency room co-payment; limits the number of prescription drugs to six per month, for a savings of $557 million.
- Eliminates the adult day health care program and other benefits for a savings of $193 million.
- Reduces payments by 10 percent to physicians, pharmacies, clinics, transportation, home health and some nursing facilities, for a savings of $709 million.
- Extends a hospital fee that expired at the end of 2010 until June 30, for a savings of $160 million.
- Caps benefits in the CalWORKS welfare-to-work program at four years instead of five and cuts program funding, for a savings of $533 million.
- Reduces the number of hours of help available and cuts benefits entirely to some recipients in the state's in-home supportive services program for the disabled, saving $486 million.
Brown wants to shift a host of responsibilities from the state to counties, including:
- Keeping low-level offenders in county jails rather than state prisons and making local authorities responsible for monitoring parolees, reducing the corrections budget by $458 million. This is forecast to eventually lead to the elimination of 4,000 state corrections jobs.
- Transferring responsibility for child welfare services such as foster care, adoptions and child abuse prevention and adult protective services for seniors.
- Eliminating local redevelopment agencies.
- Realigning emergency responsibilities so the CalFire would no longer respond to some 60,000 medical emergencies each year.
- Cutting state operations for health and human services programs with federal requirements by 25 percent, which would lead to "hundreds of state positions being eliminated."
Source: California Department of Finance