Jerry Brown's budget proposal expected to favor education

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  • California Gov. Jerry Brown will propose a "live-within-our-means" budget for the next fiscal year on Thursday that increases focus on K-12 and higher education.
  • In November, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said it expected the state to increase K-12 spending by 3.7% to $55.8 billion, and the state is also supposed to give each state university system a $125 million increase under current law following Proposition 30's passage.
  • Additional K-12 money is expected to be spent reducing delayed payments to school districts, and the proposed increases in education funding come as Brown is simultaneously calling for reductions to state-subsidized child care and the court system.

From the article:

Offering a brief glimpse of his new spending plan, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he will propose a "live-within-our-means" budget on Thursday that spends more money on higher education and K-12 schools in the next fiscal year. "We're proposing increases in education at the higher level and in K through 12," Brown said at a news conference in which he rejected court-driven mandates to further cut the prison population. "If people think it's a better investment to divert that money to prisons, they can try. But I'm going to fight it.' ...

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