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State Budget. Changes California Budget Process. Limits State Spending. Increases "Rainy Day" Budget Stabilization Fund

(S.C.A. 13)


Art. IV § 12; Art. XVI §§ 20 & 21

Increases size of state "rainy day" fund from 5% to 12.5% of the General Fund. A portion of the annual deposits into that fund would be dedicated to savings for future economic downturns, and the remainder would be available to fund education, infrastructure, and debt repayment, or for use in a declared emergency. Requires additional revenue above historic trends to be deposited into state "rainy day" fund, limiting spending.


Education funding. Payment plan.

(A.C.A. 2)


Art. XVI § 8.3

Requires supplemental payments to local school districts and community colleges to address recent budget cuts. Annual payments begin in 2011-12. Payments are funded from the state's Budget Stabilization Fund until the total amount has been paid. Payments to local school districts will be allocated inproportion to average daily attendance and may be used for classroom instruction, text books and other local educational programs.


Lottery modernization act.

(S.C.A. 12)


Art. IV § 19; Gov. §§ 8880.1 et seq.

Allows the state lottery to be modernized to improve its performance with increased payouts, improved marketing, and effective management. Requires the state to maintain ownership of the lottery and authorizes additional accountability measures. Protects funding levels for schools currently provided by lottery revenues. Increased lottery revenues will be used to address current budget deficit and reduce the need for additional tax increases and cuts to state programs.


Protects children's services funding. Helpsbalance state budget.

(A.B. 17, 3rd Extra. Sess.)


H&S § 130105; R&T §§30131.4 & 30131.45

Provides more than $600 million to protect children's programs in difficult economic times. Redirects existing tobacco tax money to protect health and human services for children, including services for at-risk families, services for children with disabilities, and services for foster children. Temporarily allows the edirection of existing money to fund health and human service programs for children 5 years old and under.Ensures counties retain funding for local priorities. Helps balance state budget.


Mental health services funding. Temporary reallocation. Helps balance state budget.

(S.B. 10, 3rd Extra.Sess.)


W&I §§5891
& 5892

Amends Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63 of 2004) to transfer funds, for a two-year period, from mental health programs under that act to pay for mental health services for children and young adults provided through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program. Provides more than $225 million in flexible funding for mental health programs. Helps balance state budget during this difficult economic time.


Elected officials' salaries. Prevents pay increases during budget deficit years.

(S.C.A. 8)


Art. III §8

Encourages balanced state budgets by preventing elected Members of the Legislature and statewide constitutional officers, including the Governor, from receiving pay raises in years when the state is running a deficit. Directs the Director of Finance to determine whether a given year is a deficit year. Prevents the Citizens Compensation Commission from increasing elected officials’ salaries in years when the state Special Fund for Economic Uncertainties is in the negative by an amount equal to or greater than one percent of the General Fund.

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