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Governor Releases “May Revision” of Budget
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May 14, 2015

TO:                  CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
FROM:           Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
                        Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist 

RE:                 News From the Capitol

 

GOVERNOR RELEASES “MAY REVISION” OF BUDGET:  FUNDING PROVIDED FOR BROADBAND PROJECT AND LITERACY PROGRAM

This morning in a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Brown released his “May Revision” of the 2015-16 State Budget.  Included among the Governor’s proposals for new spending is a recommended increase of $2 million for the state literacy program and an increase of $1.7 million for the library broadband project for connection grants and related costs. 

Each year, the Governor releases the “May Revision” or “May Revise” of the State Budget on or around May 15th. Governor Brown’s document reflects the latest revenue estimates for the current year (2014-15) and the new fiscal year (2015-16) commencing July 1.  During the press conference, the Governor pronounced that the “state is definitely on the rebound,” and has “stabilized” after the boom and bust budget cycles of the past few years.  However, the Governor cautioned, “Since January, billions of dollars have come into the state – and most of that will go to schools because of Proposition 98 (school funding formula).” 

Recognizing the Governor’s fiscal prudence and the limited available General Funds, CLA is pleased that the Governor has provided additional funding for two important public library programs.  Below is the proposal for new library spending under the Governor’s May Revision of the Budget:

·         “Literacy Program – An increase of $2 million General Fund for the Literacy and English Acquisition Services Program.  As described in the Governor’s Budget proposal for adult education, the Administration’s focus remains on increasing the resources available to improve the skills of California’s workforce, and it is expected that literacy programs funded with these resources will be coordinated with the adult education consortia.

·         Broadband Project – An increase of $1.7 million General Fund for the California Public Library Broadband Project, including $1.5 million on a one-time basis for grants to public libraries to upgrade broadband equipment and $225,000 General Fund for continued administration of contracts for broadband services.

·         Library Preservation Activities – An increase of $521,000 General Fund to improve the [State] library’s efforts to preserve historical items in its possession, including $181,000 ongoing for two additional positions and $340,000 on a one-time basis for equipment.”

The Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees on Education Finance will convene early next week to begin reviewing the Governor’s May Revision of the State Budget, and specifically, the State Library and public library funding.  The subcommittees will be working diligently during the next couple of weeks to close out their actions for the year and make recommendations to the full Budget Committee of their respective houses.  CLA will be working with the members of the Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees and their staff in the coming days to encourage their support of the Governor’s May Revise proposal for libraries.  Additionally, CLA will be pushing for additional funding in line with our formal “Budget ask,” which is also included in a letter circulating by Assemblyman Mike Gatto and 27 of his colleagues in the Assembly and Senate.