Blueprint for a Responsible Budget The proposals outlined in the Budget Blueprint will serve as guideposts throughout the Budget Process, and will be updated and refined as additional fiscal information becomes available. The Assembly Budget Subcommittees will hold thorough public hearings on all budget proposals, including the Budget Blueprint. The Assembly will work with the Senate and the Governor in crafting a final 2014-15 State Budget, that reflects the priorities of the Budget Blueprint. California State Assembly Democratic Caucus CASADC f68c2fac-27f1-480e-8f16-26ba27598f4d 86ba101d-bb70-49d0-88d5-cca9521b9ad4 To ensure stability for the budget and expand opportunity for California families 796bd4a7-201a-46cb-bc16-6979010d16da Stability Ensuring Stability: Enables budget to withstand inevitable economic downturns and make sound investments. Opportunities Expanding Opportunities: Improves lives of Californians and strengthens state's long-term economy. Stability Ensuring Stability 81ca85ff-2728-428e-a032-22654eb39a66 1 Reserves Build Reserves to $8 billion (including new Rainy Day Fund) b5a99d93-c5fe-4b5c-9806-43c8f454fabc 1.1 Build Reserves to $8 billion by 2016-17: * Meets key LAO Recommendation to protect against economic downturns, and will grow each year. * Reserves include projected balance of a new Rainy Day Fund, first outlined in 2013-14 Blueprint. * Rainy Day Fund established with a Constitutional Amendment that preserves spiking Capital Gains revenues to limit overspending in good years and mitigate devastating cuts in bad years. d7357f28-dfec-4c36-a3c6-5b24214eb46a One-Time Funds Smart use of "one-time" funds d99aba64-2db4-45c6-abac-24a030317ba1 1.2 Smart Use of "One-Time" Funds: * Avoid past mistakes of committing one-time funds for ongoing programs and permanent tax cuts. * Build Reserves to $8 billion. * Pay Down Debts, Deferrals, and Unfunded Liabilities. * Fund Jobs Investments that have one-time costs (e.g. infrastructure projects and small business loan guarantees). 1f990b30-f2fd-43fb-a3cf-53acf4e3286f Prison Housing Rein in Prison Housing Costs 1189ea72-88fd-43c8-8f59-d12971f72271 1.3 Rein in Prison Housing Costs: * Implement findings of Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment. * Expand Collaborative Justice Courts (Drug Courts, Mental Health Courts, Veterans Courts, and others) proven to reduce recidivism and lowers cost. * Make smart budget investments that reduce long-term prison costs, (e.g. Early Education, Higher Education, Job Creation, & Child Poverty Reduction). d2e6e6ec-031c-4c49-ba50-52d765fb9407 Opportunity Expanding Opportunity e8867ec6-d120-4807-a88d-bd8ec573e248 2 Early & Higher Education Invest in Early Education and Higher Education f98b58e6-d39a-4856-afb4-24b8a8cf2218 2.1 7e38e19d-ab42-46ac-b3e4-1dd5f3270604 Early Education 1fb3b9c4-7c76-4e5d-948d-182dce8e781b 2.1.1 Early Education Background: * Increases high school graduation rates. * Reduces likelihood of going to prison. * Half of low-income children don't have access to current preschool or head start programs. * Existing Child Care programs have been slashed by 100,000 slots since Great Recession. * Currently, middle-income families face high preschool costs. * Currently, Transitional Kindergarten only serves ¼ of 4 yr-olds... California families will benefit from improved programs and universal access to quality Early Education, which will improve academic performance, put children on the road to success, and dramatically reduce future costs in other areas of the budget. faad3d2c-40ce-4316-92d9-aa1d24836b49 Transitional Kindergarten Make Transitional Kindergarten universal for all 4 year-olds, to give all children access to high quality Pre-K programs. 067e46f1-465c-4406-8802-ba2f24d9cd16 2.1.1.1 e942c880-f282-4688-803b-3aeef246e77d Early Care Programs Strengthen Early Care programs serving 0-3 year-olds and wrap-around care for children over 4 years-old. 2cbd4e98-4610-47fc-86d6-d024be9dda24 2.1.1.2 60679091-70d8-4154-83d3-3e83e480e045 Higher Education d2b72504-e081-4f7b-9f9b-4bbdedc4b7c1 2.1.2 Higher Education Background: * Funding for Higher Education cut dramatically during the Great Recession - which has resulted in higher fees, reduced enrollments, and program cutbacks. * The Middle Class Scholarship will begin to offset the increased fees, but holes remain in the otherwise strong Cal Grant program, which limit access to higher education for lower income students. * Planned funding increases for Higher Education are not enough to expand enrollments and restore programs. Blueprint's Higher Education Proposal: e2f4cc1d-8161-405b-a5dc-367937abbb1d Funding Increase funding for Community Colleges, CSU, and UC to keep fees from growing, enable enrollment increases, and improve the quality of educational programs. 42ad0739-4bfc-4638-9a79-a98f8a0480b9 2.1.2.1 69bf65c6-81b3-41c3-85f9-c30000c54993 Cal Grants Improve Cal Grants 76436544-8949-4b78-8c7f-5d33242d6087 2.1.2.2 2ba0e783-aee0-4150-b585-2f7d537d2373 Award Levels Increase Award Levels, e.g. provide full award their first year and increase "Access Award" for living expenses and supplies for neediest students. 08392c7f-25ca-4dad-8a7c-8dd21a7276e9 2.1.2.2.1 1d4e2196-1e34-4af0-9119-4409fde31d89 Access Increase Access, e.g. expand the number of "Competitive Awards" for students that don't follow traditional route of higher education soon after high school. 0cbbb942-bb80-4b7e-86fa-034d7f38ed07 2.1.2.2.2 c48d50ee-3199-4505-8dfd-ce35f4d86cfb Child Poverty Reduce Child Poverty 2dc81e46-d0da-47e9-92b6-f549da124d77 2.2 Children in California Child Poverty Background: * Roughly ¼ California children (2.3 million) live in poverty, the highest child poverty rate in the country. * Children growing up in poverty experience life-long consequences. * The physiological brain impacts of poverty harm the academic outcomes of children living in poverty. * The economic impacts of the Great Recession and draconian budget cuts - at both the state and federal level - have worsened child poverty and its consequences in California. 8d53a8f2-7e5b-4fb9-8951-09fef3f261ee Economic Condition Improve economic condition of millions of children currently in poverty by lifting hundreds of thousands out of poverty, and others from the depths of poverty 79d659de-c6e4-4de5-b1c7-622a2f6a41c6 2.2.1 f723d412-b22a-4d74-a97c-fafe8571ac3b EITC & CalWORKs Expand Earned Income Tax Credit and increase CalWORKs "Earned Income Disregard" to strengthen impact of paychecks. 15b4b862-ebcb-401f-9a43-9ce730d35beb 2.2.1.1 397e8a7d-ac1c-4537-ac53-be5c4e57a665 Job Training Improve county Job Training programs to get CalWORKs recipients back to work as quickly as possible. 05277b8b-dcae-482f-b5a6-537f0b04a0d8 2.2.1.2 CalWORKs Recipients c5a14bda-62b9-4e86-ac44-819a63f0d614 CalFresh Create CalFresh "add-on" to provide an additional food benefit for California's poorest children enrolled in CalWORKs. 565c9ee5-4eba-4c95-ab2b-2cb09c32667d 2.2.1.3 California's Poorest Children 3b4d5f56-2146-48e8-853b-d9007c4a6889 CalWORKs Grants Provide modest CalWORKs grant increase. 41117325-56e4-42e7-9f4e-5cf0dd3687f1 2.2.1.4 3fe517cb-c53b-4c71-993c-864caf10a8e0 Health Care Improve Access to Health Care 47abda3d-dad8-4252-b331-3b2ce7a387a4 2.3 Health Access Background: * California is successfully implementing the Affordable Care Act. * Medi-Cal reimbursement rate cuts during the Great Recession may limit the access to health care that the ACA is intended to improve. * Critical Public Health programs also were cut during the Great Recession, harming public health particularly in low-income communities. dec0bf2f-b2ed-42f5-95fc-ed2be5a05a67 Medi-Cal Phase in Medi-Cal rate increases to restore reimbursement rates to ensure adequate health providers for the expanded Medi-Cal population. d629a9e7-8fdf-4a52-9436-b0350a087f93 2.3.1 Medi-Cal Population Health Providers 8605e255-b873-4ff1-bffb-494a318e2d8b Public Health Programs Restore Public Health programs - such as: the Early Mental Health Initiative; Asthma Public Health Initiative; and Black Infant Health - to improve public health and to avoid more expensive health costs down the road. 8adc56a3-686e-4757-8b2f-75c308a83162 2.3.2 a64b881d-d9fe-403d-b448-e2904056ac88 Jobs Fund Jobs Investments a20b0f2a-f61d-42f6-8e02-d42a288e177d 2.4 Jobs Background: * California continues to create jobs as the state emerges from the Great Recession. * However, the state's unemployment rate remains high: 8.7% (but down from 12.4% in the depths of the great recession). * Specific public investments and policies can accelerate job growth, and ensure more Californians are benefiting from the rebounding economy. bd604858-df2b-4c26-9e37-fdf8eb7eacea Infrastructure Investments 918a8043-5fe9-41f2-a9c5-65cf30426786 2.4.1 d5bda292-09e5-4d1f-af46-0bc2f5720743 One-Time Funds Put "one-time" funds to use for such things as clean energy, parks and schools and other one time investments. 11ebeb11-30eb-49b1-b48b-31d3bff0a3c4 2.4.1.1 b79f1b05-5b0d-49a4-bfab-8797c2874eaa Drinking Water Funds Cut the "red tape" and get $500 million in federal drinking water funds out the door that will greatly benefit the struggling areas of the state, including the Central Valley. 7d57b12b-4730-4059-85cf-737d737d6a49 2.4.1.2 Central Valley 66a9be07-a36c-46c8-bacb-d9eebf460a1b Infrastructure Bank Expand the Infrastructure Bank to build a robust revolving loan fund to benefit local governments fund projects. 022ded30-bbc8-4c5c-8d69-18ae2ca8c099 2.4.1.3 Infrastructure Bank f775f589-7879-4891-8444-5baf6ddc9c76 Cap & Trade Revenues Allocate Cap and Trade revenues to reinvest into our communities. e86ee4af-7761-43f7-acb4-df447e916a4e 2.4.1.4 720ee17c-54d0-411f-88d2-74d57d3995d4 Work Help Struggling Families get back to work 8c0858f7-32d2-44cb-9409-78ba2233ddaf 2.4.2 Struggling Families 218603d9-ae91-4eb3-896d-445670a74315 Child Care & CalWORKs Expand Child Care slots and CalWORKs Job Training programs. 45bf4613-ad62-47e8-8dcd-63bb78f087b7 2.4.2.1 be8e51c2-5722-4883-90d3-d013f5de04e4 Community Colleges Increase Community College Workforce Development. e119c2ca-6466-4153-8882-3613f2db6d15 2.4.2.2 Community Colleges 2d12bb49-2a1b-4bfd-a47f-ee1685475708 Ameri-Corps Establish California component of Ameri-Corps to assist entry into the workforce. 4921375b-1c40-4048-8e65-83d304e3618e 2.4.2.3 Ameri-Corps b3b32f21-a21e-48d8-8dc4-cff4417dbe4a Veterans Assist Veterans find employment through such efforts as fixing bureaucratic problems with state's Veterans' Employment Services, funding Work for Warriors, and expanding Conservation Corps slots for veterans. 50eeff6d-e4f1-4484-9b50-62c3cfe2857c 2.4.2.4 Veterans db8bbe71-b1ed-4589-84c6-0796b9ce4f23 Business Resources Improve Business Resources f700326d-ac87-4549-855a-fbb7a45dd1f1 2.4.3 f5e1b36d-6b7f-4883-b585-9808fd5527fd Small Business Loan Guarantees Expand Small Business Loan Guarantee program to generate hundreds of millions in new small business loans. 27683014-120f-4d4d-9121-eff890c7687b 2.4.3.1 Small Businesses de8a7879-3a19-4331-8c67-cdad60b5576c California New Markets Tax Credit Establish a California New Markets Tax Credit program that aligns with the federal program to generate investments in underserved, low income communities. 75508f2a-9594-4ecf-b2bb-448e44a0d85c 2.4.3.2 Underserved, Low Income Communities d5fb71c6-91ab-405a-9060-6b65bfc9b31a 2013-12-18 http://asmdc.org/issues/budget-blueprint/ Owen Ambur Owen.Ambur@verizon.net Submit error.