Wednesday, October 06, 2010

PROP 98 TO BE SUSPENDED: “Details of the proposed budget plan are just now surfacing….

by smf - from a PTA e-mail briefing to members

Wed, Oct 6, 2010 1:50 pm - “…..but it would appear that the current proposal provides funding for K-14 education above that which the Governor had proposed in the May Revision.   Additional severe cuts to child care and CalWORKs programs appear to have been avoided as well in the current proposal. 

At a special briefing at the  Capitol yesterday, education advocates were advised that although the current proposal does include a suspension of Proposition 98; it avoids directly cutting Revenue Limit funding and would result in $300 per Average Daily Attendance (ADA) above the Governor's May Revise figure.  This is accomplished in part by a $1.7 billion deferral into the 2011-12 school year, which may cause serious cash flow challenges for school districts.  The tentative agreement also purports to create a constitutionally guaranteed maintenance factor as a result of the suspension of Proposition 98, ensuring that schools will receive the funding owed to them in the future.

The Budget Conference Committee is scheduled to meet this afternoon at 1:30, and votes on the floors of the Senate and Assembly are expected tomorrow.

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Separately, staff  for Assembly Budget Committee Chair Bob Blumenfield (D-Van Nuys) informed parents and educators at an event in the San Fernando Valley this morning that the final vote on the budget is scheduled for Friday – though there are  potential hiccups. pitfalls and pratfalls ahead. See the LA Times article State budget deal includes tax break for family firm on the special deal engineered into the budget by the especially interested: http://lat.ms/atlGnk

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