Thursday, June 16, 2016

State Budget Boosts Education, Reserve, Ends Child Welfare Cap

State lawmakers have passed a $122 billion state budget. The deal gives a victory to Governor Jerry Brown, who has preached fiscal responsibility and urged putting more money in a state rainy day reserve fund. The new budget puts another two billion dollars into the state’s reserve, but it also boosts spending on early childhood education programs that were slashed during the great recession. The budget also repeals a controversial welfare rule that banned payments for children born into families already receiving CalWORKS. Christopher Martinez reports.