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Gov. Brown Foresees Budget Surplus for 2013-14

Gov. Jerry Brown | Credit: ohad/Flickr/Creative Commons License

Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his much-anticipated state budget proposal Thursday, complete with an estimated $831 million surplus, the first in more than a decade, Brown said in an official statement.

The state's education system is seen to be the major victor in this year's budget proposal thanks to Proposition 30, which will levy taxes to offset years of budget cuts for the state's K-12 and community college system. The UC and CSU systems will also receive an additional $250 million, an increase of 5 percent.

While funds will flood toward California's schools, the Governor's budget would deal significant blows to a number of state social programs. The State Supplementary Payment, which provides extra income for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities, and CalWORKs, a welfare program for needy California families, will both see their funding reduced to 1980s levels.

Additionally, child care and dependent tax credit refunds and the Healthy Families Program -- a low-cost insurance program for children and teens -- were eliminated.

Highlights of the Governor's budget proposal can be seen here.

View the Governor's full budget proposal below:


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