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Climbing Out of the Budget Cellar

January 10, 2013

Today, Jerry Brown says he followed through on one of his central campaign promises: a no-gimmicks balanced budget adequately funds California education and human services. The proposed budget increases funding for K-12 and higher education and doesn’t further cut human services. Compare that with a $42 billion deficit in 2009 and you’ll see we’ve come quite aways. Brown’s proposal owes much to California voters, who passed Prop. 30 in November, raising over $6 billion for the state’s general fund via increased general sales taxes and incomes taxes on the wealthy. It is an important moment that Californians should be proud of: we did much to solve this problem by passing Prop. 30. Nonetheless, our schools, universities, and human services are still underfunded; addressing those issues in the future will take more hard work. For now, though, cheers to Jerry Brown and a budget without a deficit.

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