For each of these allocations, there will be a bill by the Legislature to implement the spending. Two major bills now are SB 112 and AB 412, although there are other budget bills ready to go to the appropriate committee.
Let’s look at one of the categories, Budget Resiliency in the amount of $34 billion.
- $15.6 billion to the Rainy-Day Fund (started by Governor Brown) for fiscal emergencies
- $450 million is for a Safety Net Reserve
- $3 billion in the Public School System Stabilization account
- $2.9 in the State’s operating reserve
- There is an additional $3 billion payment required by Proposition 2 and nearly $6.5 billion over the next 3 years. The improved revenue picture allows the delay of $2 billion in scheduled program suspensions for one year.
Budget Resiliency is critical to protect programs in the future when expenditures are expected to grow faster than revenues. The projected structural deficit for 2022-2023 is $7.6 billion and for 2024-2025, structural deficit is anticipated to grow to $11 billion.
Initial estimates project that Prop 4 (Gan Limit) will be exceeded by $102 million. Any funds above this limit are constitutionally required to be allocated evenly between schools and a tax refund. Updated calculations are to be included in the May budget revision.
The budget assumes a 5% permanent reduction in state operation expenditures.
Further budget information will be provided in future weeks to keep you updated on changes that may take place and how other budget items are being adjusted.
Elaine Freeman, Legislative Analyst
A Message About a Correction to a Previous Capitol UpdateWe would like to make a correction on an item from our 01/04/21 edition, recapping new laws from 2020. Under the “Lifestyle” heading, the item about AB-1 should say “Youth football teams are limited to 30 minutes of full-contact activities in any single practice, and no more than two practices per week may contain full-contact activities”. In the article, the words “full contact” were inadvertently left out. The rest of the article stands as is. Our apologies for any confusion.
Gretchen Cox, Legislative Analyst