Governor And Legislature Reach Final Budget Deal
Although this is the final agreed upon budget, this agreement only avoids steep cuts to education and safety net programs until next year. Negotiations went better than expected as both Governor Newsom and the Legislature were encouraged by tax revenues which came in about $1 billion ahead of prior dismal May projections. This final version is very similar to the Legislative Version that passed on June 15th.
This final version does not rely on additional Rainy Day Funds, Safety Net Reserve Funds, or the PERS deferral that were included in the Legislature’s version if additional federal funds did not materialize. Instead, it relies upon updated baseline forecast adjustments to revenues and expenditures and an increased Prop 98 deferral. $14 billion in additional funding would be appropriated if the State receives federal funding by October 15.
Note: Although this is the final agreed upon budget, the Governor may still exercise line item vetoes in trailer bills.
Health & Human Services
- Medi-Cal: No cuts will take place this year to Medi-Cal. The budget does not extend Medi-Cal to undocumented seniors but rather it has language to do so when funding becomes available in the future.
- Rejected Proposed Cuts to: Aging Programs MSSP & CBAS, IHSS, employment and other services in CalWORKs, Medi-Cal optional benefits and Prop 56, and to Disability Services.
- CalWORKs: Expanding back to the 60 month time-clock that existed prior to the Great Recession. Funding increased by $1 billion to reflectional anticipated additional caseload growth.
- Cash Assistance Program: Permits all eligibility interviews for applicants and recipients of the Cash Assistance Program for Aged, Blind, and Disabled Legal Immigrants to be conducted electronically through December 31, 2020.
- ITINs: Immigrant tax filers with young children (6 and under) will be able to access the EITC. Although this is not retroactive, qualifying filers will be able to take advantage of the credit for the upcoming year.
Education: Defers $3.4 billion in funding from 2020-2021 budget to the 2021-2022 budget. If no federal funding, it increases to an additional $5.7 billion. Creates authority for up to $300 million in deferral hardship funds for LEAs.
- K-12: Schools and community colleges will maintain their current funding levels, but a record $12 billion of the money would be deferred to future years. Districts can borrow against that funding or tap into their savings, with the state promising to pay them back later. $7 billion in discretionary state & federal funds for one-time COVID-19 impacts on K-12 schools and children.
- Layoffs: Language was inserted to prevent the payoffs of teachers and many other school employees (classified employees) over the next year. These protected employees will include bus drivers, custodians, and nutrition workers but not classroom aides or after-school workers and administrato
- Special Education: Increase of $645 million Prop 98 funding for special education services and supports.
- Peace Officers: Adds intent language regarding LEA decisions for use of peace officers on school campuses.
- Childcare: Reject 10% trigger cuts to all childcare programs. Provides increased Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG) for Alternative Payment Programs (CAPP). Adopts a “Child Care Trigger” for anticipated $300 million in new federal CCDBG aid. Provides $350 million in federal one-time CCDBG CARES Acts funds for child care costs in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Replaces the 14-day childcare provider notice period for when a parent changes providers with same-day notice. Eliminates $385 million in one-time funding for Child Care Workforce Grants and Child Care Infrastructure Grants. Up to $250 million in Child Care Triggers for anticipated but not yet appropriated federal CCDBG aid.
- CA State Preschool: Eliminate the proposed expansion of 10,000 slots.
- Higher Education: Allows colleges to exclude direct costs related to the COVID-19 crisis when commuting expenses for purposes of ensuring that 50% or more of expenditures are classroom-related (sunsets in one year). Community College deferrals of $662 million in Prop 98 funding from the 2020-2021 fiscal year to the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Provides an additional deferral of $790 million that will be rescinded if federal funding is received. For UCs/CSUs, funding was restored, however, $970 million are proposed trigger cuts should federal funding not be received.
- $300 million increase in Homelessness funding (HHAP). $90 million to Continuums of Care (CoC), $130 million to each city that has a population of 300,000 or more, and $80 million to counties.
- CEQA Exemptions for Project Room Key projects if they meet certain requirements.
- Bargaining Units: The Legislature has given the Governor authority to freeze pay increases and impose furloughs for any bargaining units that have not reached a deal by July 1.