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Gov. Brown: CA Deficit Gone, More Money for Poor Schools

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget Thursday morning.

Underprivileged schools would get more per-student funding than other schools across the state under a proposed budget unveiled by Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday.

"Our future depends not on across-the-board funding, but disproportionately funding those schools that have disproportionate challenges," Brown said at a press conference.

He also said most categorical funding for schools should be eliminated and the money delivered more directly.

"As you go up the line you lose control and build bureaucracy," the governor said. "We want to put the money into local schools, but create greater control."

Brown also said the state's deficit is gone for the first time in years, adding it could reduce its debt substantially by 2016.

"The deficit's gone; the wall of debt remains," Brown said, noting the state's $36 billion debt could be reduced to $4.3 billion by 2016. 

The budget proposed by Brown also increases per-student funding for all levels of education; by the 2016-17 school year, K-12 schools would see a $2,681 increase in spending for each student. At the CSU and UC levels, spending would increase by about $2,000 and $2,500 by 2016-17, respectively.

Ed Kelly January 12, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Liberals like Catch a Wave think they are on a higher moral ground because they use the coercive power of the government to take from some people and redistribute to those that they deem more worthy. This makes them feel "moral." There is nothing moral about it. We can see the mentality in your assertion that you have a few more votes and thus you have a "mandate" to do what you will. That is thuggery. That is one gang, ganging up on another gang. It is primitive, and the exact thing the founders were trying to prevent in setting up a government designed to protect the minority of one: the individual. You can pretend and announce your morality all you wish. I see it for what it is: force, coercion, severe violations of my individual rights. A last observation... I rode my bike past a Little Ceasar's Pizza Store today, and in the window was a sign saying "We take EBT." The government takes the money from the producers (by coercion, force), gives it to the "poor"... now 47,000,000 of them, so they can go out for pizza and cokes. THAT is immoral!
Catch A Wave January 13, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Understandable bitterness above from those whose reactionary dogma was soundly rejected this November by the American people in support of a philosophy that has been relegated to the dung heap of failed political ideology.
Catch A Wave January 13, 2013 at 02:17 AM
California's reactionaries would like everyone to conveniently forget that Gov. Brown eliminated a 25 billion-dollar deficit that existed only a short time ago.
robin January 13, 2013 at 02:48 AM
I am one that will be leaving this state. It was SOOO nice til the last 10 years or so.... Not a nice place any longer.... Texas, Oregon or Florida are options......
Matt January 13, 2013 at 04:18 AM
So the Republicans disappear, then the budget deficit disappears....ironic? I think not.
Ed Kelly January 14, 2013 at 12:24 AM
You have to admit, Catch a Wave can really weave some far-left talking points together. Seems the favorite word is "reactionary." And Matt, ironically, you use the word ironic incorrectly. The right work in there would have been "coincidence." I have a crazy suggestion here. How about if we stop showing the gang signs and using gang terminology. There is nothing to be proud of when one large group forces anything on another smaller group. Is it possible to agee that each one of us, every individual, needs to have his/her rights protected? What is each each side cares about if they don't care about each individual? We are each unique. We each have something valuable and different to bring to the dance. I don't want to gang up on anyone, and I don't want anyone to gang up on me. Gangs are dangerous. Gangs are primitive. Gangs are all about power and force. What is it you find so offensive about protecting the individual liberty of every single American? I don't get it.
Matt January 14, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Ed Kelly writes: "And Matt, ironically, you use the word ironic incorrectly. The right work in there would have been "coincidence." Ed - An irony would be if a discrepancy exists between what has occurred, that is, the republicans being voted out and the expected result, deficit reduction. I'm stating there is no irony. The result of one created the result of the other......no discrepancy.
Catch A Wave January 14, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Typical Ayn Rand Republican ideology - the individual states rights, etc. But were smarter than that at this point those are just call codewords for bigotry selfishness and an ideology that the American people have rejected.
Catch A Wave January 14, 2013 at 01:24 AM
As the tea party fades into obscurity and the GOP bears a label of being a fringe group that's out of touch with mainstream America will just keep moving along.
Catch A Wave January 14, 2013 at 01:26 AM
So you can keep blogging and I'll keep pointing out that the GOP has lost two elections in a row California is a liberal state and will keep electing great politicians like Pelosi Gov. Brown Feinstein and Boxer.
Catch A Wave January 14, 2013 at 01:29 AM
You lost the female vote you lost the minority vote you lost the gay vote. Soon thankfully white males will be a minority. Next up is gun-control and immigration reform. So keep spouting your fringe ideology and we will keep winning elections.
Ed Kelly January 14, 2013 at 03:57 AM
First of all, it would be "we're" smarter than that. Now THAT is irony. I am a fan of states' rights, but that wasn't what I stated above. I specifically said Individual rights. I wasn't aware that term was code. I thought it was the seminal idea that is at the foundation of the Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, and the entire founding of our country. If you think it is code for bigotry and selfishness, there really is nothing more to converse about. I wish I could say it's been fun. But it hasn't been fun at all since you turned it into name calling and hatred. Perhaps some other readers have found some value in the exchange. I hope so.
Tim Sole January 14, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Catch A Wave, be careful what you wish for, gun control, as done by the German government, prior to the Nazi regime coming to power, is what caused a crap load of bloodshed, not to far back in history. The left may have a current majority, if they slip over the edge, as all ideology's do at some point, no matter what ideology happens to hold a majorityt, do you really think not being able to defend yourself is a good plan?
Catch A Wave January 14, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Thanks for making my point Tim. Comparing our government or any government for that matter to the Nazis is exactly the kind of fringe lunacy that will relegate the GOP to obscurity sooner rather than later.
Catch A Wave January 14, 2013 at 04:39 PM
And by the way nobody is trying to take Americans guns away. Nobody. The American people want common sense reform involved with gun ownership. Background checks that'll eliminate the gun show loophole. An assault weapons and high-capacity clip ban. That's what the American people want. I'm sorry that you think it's okay that somebody can walk into an elementary school and slaughter 25-six year-old children. I'm sorry that you think it's okay that someone can walk into a movie theater and start murdering dozens of people. Well it's not okay. A recent poll shows 85% of the American people want background checks that eliminate the gun show loophole. It's just another issue that shows that the right wing is completely out of touch with American public opinion.
Tim Sole January 14, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Actually, the murder of those children lay solely in the hands of the anti-gunners, not allowing one to protect themselves. My friend, you are simply a murderer who is now trying to hide behind a push for new laws. By the way, the Nazi party was not in power when the gun control laws where put into effect, the German government put that law into effect to stop the Nazi party from arming themselves. That worked out really well, hence my point, be careful what you wish for.
Catch A Wave January 14, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Be very careful who you call a murderer Tim Sole. I will give you a chance to clarify your words and apologize.
Tim Sole January 14, 2013 at 09:30 PM
The people in charge of those children where not able to defend them. Hence the slaughterer of those children. That lies solely on the anti-gun movement. They and anyone who wants to create more gun regulations are and will be responsible for anymore tragedy's involving children or others who are not allowed to defend themselves. Now that I have your attention, no one called anyone a Nazi, I pointed out to you what the German government did, prior to the Nazi party coming into power. Basically enough of your radical left wing ideology, I read your comments, you screamed a bunch of crap about anyone who doesn't believe exactly as you do and the second one calls you to task for laws you support, that caused innocent children to get slaughtered, you have the guts to ask for an apology. Not going to happen pal, you and those who oppose the second amendment own it, you own the slaughter of those children, live with it.
Catch A Wave January 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Man are you sick you think a teacher with a handgun would've been able to defend against somebody with an AR15 in their hands? You want shootouts in schools? There was an armed guard at Columbine how did that turn out for you? The reason these massacres happen is because of people like you that support loopholes at gun shows and the legality of large clips and military style assault weapons. The blood of those little children is on your hands.
Tim Sole January 14, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Not even close, the reason this happens is that people, specifically anti-gunners refuse to do any type of gun safety training. The reason this happens is because people, such as yourself, prefer the "Shout Them Down and Call them Names" theory on conversations. Some of us, such as myself, prefer to look at what laws we have and then decide, did we make the right decision, gun control has been the law of the land since the sixties, it simply did not work and now we reap what we sowed. No different than the ideology on deficit reduction versus debt reduction. We have a systemic problem and we are putting bubble gum on it and calling it a surplus. Only difference this time around, the Democrats have a super majority, they own, without any Republican input, everything that happens in this state. Your screaming above, was short sighted considering, when you win with that large of margin, their is simply no one to blame if the problems aren't fixed, which in a strange way, is why you and your followers are screaming gun control, you now as well as I, the difference between debt and deficit and the need to hide it by screaming about something else..
Catch A Wave January 15, 2013 at 12:20 AM
I understand you're frustrated because the ideology you support has been rejected by the American people.
Catch A Wave January 15, 2013 at 12:22 AM
By the way a new Pew poll shows that 85% of the American people support universal background checks for gun purchases.
Catch A Wave January 15, 2013 at 12:22 AM
And 55% of the American people support a total ban on assault weapons.
Catch A Wave January 15, 2013 at 01:43 AM
More proof that you are an extremist on the fringe. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/14/gun-control-poll_n_2473462.html "Several gun control proposals are supported by a majority of Americans, with two measures widely popular among members of both parties, according to a Pew poll released Monday." "Fifty-eight percent favored a ban on semi-automatic weapons." "Eighty-five percent favored instituting background checks for private and gun-show sales." "The creation of a federal database to track gun sales was favored by two-thirds of Americans." "Arming more teachers and school officials -- was "OPPOSED" by a majority of the public."
robin January 15, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Anyone know how to stop the emails coming in from all these posts??? I really don't care about the arguments on here.
robin January 15, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Anyone know how to stop the emails coming in from all these posts??? I really don't care about the arguments on here.
Tim Sole January 15, 2013 at 04:19 PM
The only problem with the above set of data, if it is in fact data is, gun rights are individual rights, not collective rights. None of the above actually can even be included in the discussion. By the way, did you check out the latest "Gun Control" law in Wyoming. Now that is good common sense gun control.
Catch A Wave January 15, 2013 at 04:31 PM
You are wrong again, the Supreme Court ruled in Heller, with Scalia writing the opinion, that gun rights are not individual rights that can be universally applied to all individuals in that they are "constitutionally subject" to numerous governmental restrictions and controls including those mentioned in the Pew Poll; the collective. For example, SCOTUS has upheld federal laws banning gun ownership by many "individuals", people convicted of felonies and some misdemeanors, illegal immigrants and by drug addicts. They have also upheld laws making it illegal to carry guns near schools or in post offices and upheld laws concerning unregistered weapons and laws banning machine guns and sawed-off shotguns. All which are restrictions on individuals done for the good of the collective. Nor does Heller impose any constitutional restrictions to many of the common legislative proposals being talked about in the wake of the Newtown shootings such as better background checks, enhanced mental health reporting and a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips. Try to have at least a small idea of what you are talking about when you want to participate in a conversation.
Tim Sole January 15, 2013 at 07:28 PM
The current court, as have past courts, specific to individual rights ruled incorrectly. The same as with, medicare, social security, woman's suffrage and so on in the past. So, as Washington DC and Chicago found in regards to gun control laws, those laws, based on Heller, where not upheld. You need to understand what you are talking about.
Catch A Wave January 15, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I will repeat. Heller impose no constitutional restrictions to many of the legislative proposals being talked about in the wake of the Newtown shootings such as better background checks, enhanced mental health reporting and a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips.

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