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March 21, 2013 - Health Care Reform - The UCC Board of Directors adopted a motion on Health Care Reform on March 13, 2013. Please find the motion below and read the UCC letter to the Governor.

"UCC supports the statewide expansion of Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). UCC is opposed to the realignment of child care and other social services programs as part of the state-based option but is open to discussing other financing arrangements that would start in 2017 when federal funding is reduced by 5%. Counties are committed to implementing and being partners with the state on this important expansion."

January 28, 2013Governor Calls a Special Session - Today, the Governor of the State of California has convened the Legislature of the State of California to meet in extraordinary session. Speaker Perez was elected to be the Speaker in this 1st Extraordinary Session.

The three items that will be focused on will be:

  • Affordable Health Care Act
  • California’s MediCal Program
  • Low Cost Health Care Coverage

Please read Governor Brown's Proclamation.

January 11, 2013 - Governor's Budget Proposal - The Governor’s Budget proposes total funding of $97.7 billion and creates a $1 billion reserve. The Governor’s Budget notes that the majority of the spending growth is in education and health care. This plan is balanced and no budget deficit is noted in the Governor’s Budget. The budget provides more funding for education and $350 million for the implementation of health care reform. There are no major significant cuts to CalWORKs, IHSS, and other social services programs. View the full UCC Summary. View the Realignment Chart.

November 16, 2012 - Proposition 30 Passed - Proposition 30, the Temporary Taxes to Fund Education, passed by the voters with a vote of 54% to 45%. Proposition 30 includes the constitutional protections for counties under the 2011 Public Safety Realignment. This is a very important step for counties who can continue to implement realignment with secured funding and protections against future actions by the legislature or the courts.

September 13, 2012 - AB 340 - The Governor has signed legislation (AB 340) which will enact the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013. This measure enacts numerous reforms and changes to the pension systems and will result in reduced costs for counties, as well as, end many of the abuses in the pension system.

To read the Governor's press release click here.

August 30, 2012 - Pension Reform - Pension Reform is one of the top priorities for the Urban Counties of California in the 2012 legislative session. UCC has taken a Support position on the Conference Committee Report on Pension Reform (AB 340). To see our support letter, click here.

AB 340 includes many changes which will result in reduced costs for counties, as well as, many of the abuses in the pension reform system. UCC believes that this is a step in the right direction in adopting many of the reforms that have been requested by counties.

June 21, 2012 - Budget Deal Reached - Please see the attached press release for more information.

GOV Press Release: Governor, Legislative Leaders Agree on Budget Framework

June 15, 2012 - Legislature Passes Budget - Both houses met and passed the Main Budget Bill and 6 Trailer bills and have adjourned until next week when the rest of the trailer bills are expected to be voted on.

It is unclear whether the Governor will sign these bills or whether he will veto and ask for more changes. Stay tuned!

May 15, 2012 - Governor Brown has released his May Revision, which includes significant cuts and reductions, as well as, savings through changes to the state worker compensation. Click here for UCC's Summary of the May Revise. To review the Governor's May Revise click here. To review the DOF May Revision Summary click here.

March 14, 2012 - Today the Governor, Speaker, Pro Tem and Restoring California Coalition Announced an Agreement on the November 2012 Ballot Measure - Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and the Restoring California Coalition (the California Federation of Teachers, California Calls, the Courage Campaign and ACCE) joined forces on a new revenue initiative for the November 2012 ballot. 

Read the full press release.

January 5, 2012 - The Governor released his Budget Proposal today. - The Governor’s Budget proposes a total of $10.3 billion in cuts and revenues to balance and to rebuild a $1.1 billion reserve. This includes significant cuts to CalWORKs of $1.4 billion, Medi-Cal ($842 million) and IHSS ($164 million). Similar to last year, the Budget assumes that a portion of its proposals will be adopted by the Legislature by March 1, 2012.

Click here to read UCC's Summary of the Governor's Budget. Click here to review the chart provided in the Governor's Budget of the Realignment Funding Structure.

For a full summary of the Governor's Budget please go to: www.ebudget.ca.gov.

December 29, 2011 - The California Supreme Court ruled that the bill to eliminate Redevelopment is constitutional. See full ruling attached here.

December 12, 2011 - Governor Brown has filed his ballot initiative with the Attorney General's Office. To read it click here.

October 28, 2011 - The Governor has released his 12-point pension plan. To review, click here.

September 19, 2011 - The Legislature has adjourned session and will not return until January 2012, unless a special session is called by the Governor. Here are a few key bills of ours that are pending on the Governor's desk:

AB 646 (Opposed) -- Impasse Proceedings

AB 16x1 (Support) -- Realignment Clean-Up

SB 293 (Opposed) -- Public Contracts

SB 734 (Opposed) -- Workforce

SB 922 (Opposed) -- Project Labor Agreement

June 30, 2011 - The Governor signed the Budget today. Click here to see his message and line item vetoes.

June 27, 2011 - New Majority Plan Announced - After a crazy week of budget passage, vetoes, Controller withholding pay (click here for his analysis), and dueling press conferences, the Governor, the Speaker and the Pro-Tem announced an agreement today on a majority budget plan, also known as “Plan B.”

The “Plan B” proposal by the Democrats is reported to be relying on$4 billion in revenues coming in to the state, and would trigger mid-year cuts to education, public safety, and IHSS if those funds do not appear. According to press reports this plan would also include a tax swap in order to fund public safety realignment, with a vote to occur as early as tomorrow. At the press conference the Governor and the Democratic Leadership also indicated that they will still pursue revenues to be placed on the ballot in 2012. Some of the other “gimmicks” in the last majority plan have been removed including the sale of state buildings.

This information is still preliminary, so stay tuned.

June 21, 2011 - Controller Chiang halts pay for Lawmakers - Controller Chiang announced today he has blocked pay for lawmakers, rejecting his own party's spending plan as insufficient to satisfy a voter-approved law on timely budgets. The Controller stated: "The numbers simply did not add up, and the Legislature will forfeit their pay until a balanced budget is sent to the Governor." Click here to see the press release and summary of the Controller's analysis.

June 16, 2011 - Today the Governor vetoed the State Budget.

May 20, 2011 – Governor Brown released his May Revision on May 16, 2011 which provides for continuing tax extensions, realignment, elimination of 43 boards and commissions, and elimination of over 5,000 state positions. The only area which has received a significant increase is in education.

While the May Revise notes that revenues have been better in the past few months, there is still a $10.8 billion structural deficit that needs to be addressed. Major cuts to health and human services are minor due to the actions taken by the Legislature in March 2011. There are some changes to the realignment proposal including removing AB 3632 and shifting this program to school districts.

UCC’s Summary of the May Revise can be found here.

March 29, 2011 – Governor Brown breaks off Budget discussions with the Republicans. However, he has signed all of the Budget Trailer Bills that were pending on his des

March 4, 2011 - The Budget Conference Committee met yesterday and closed out the remaining items including Realignment. The attached chart provides the actions that UCC has been monitoring. (click here)

The Conference Committee adopted the Governors' proposal on Realignment including the proposed Constitutional Amendment and placeholder Trailer Bill language. However, even though the Conference Committee adopted the Constitutional Amendment, revisions will continue consistent with the negotiations between counties and the Administration.

Other major actions include: eliminating RDAs, cuts to CalWORKs, and $1 billion cut to First Five.

January 10, 2011 - Governor's Budget Proposal - Governor Jerry Brown released his Proposal for the 2011-12 Budget on Monday, January 10, 2011. The Governor proposes $12.5 billion in spending cuts which include substantial cuts to Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, and employee compensation. The Governor also proposed to realign several programs to local governments that will have a major impact on counties. UCC Summary of that Proposal

January 3, 2011 - Governor Brown Inauguration - Governor Jerry Brown was sworn in as the 39th Governor of California this morning. In his inauguration speech he stated his three priorities were: speak the truth; no new taxes; and return services to counties, cities and schools. Governor Brown also discussed loyalty as Californians, and to get past ideology and to act as Californians.

While traditionally the Governor gives the State of the State the first week of January, this has been postponed until after the Budget is released next week. It is also anticipated that the Governor will make several appointments this week.

January 3, 2011 - Budget News - The proposed 2011-12 Budget by Governor Brown is set to be released on January 10, 2011. There have been several reported rumors on the proposed cuts including: eliminating all redevelopment agencies, cutting Medi-Cal services, cuts to IHSS, shifting felons to county jails, and cuts to CalWORKs.

There is also discussion of a June ballot measure to extend existing taxes (Income Tax and VLF) and the possibility of shifting some programs to local government.

August 03, 2010 - Senate President Pro Tem Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez released their revised California JOBS Budget Package.

The package includes cuts, new revenues, tax reductions, restructuring and reforms that was adopted by the Budget Conference Committee. Press Release and Documents

Also released was the Revised Corrections Restructuring Proposal, which now just includes Public Safety.

The Conference Committee adopted some items that were Not In Conference (or NIC List). Here are some of the highlights listed in our UCC Budget Update. Press Release and Documents

June 21, 2010 - Senate Realignment Proposal -Today, the Senate Democrats released their proposal for realigning programs to counties. Attached please find the full proposal which is also available on Senate Pro-Tem Steinberg’s website, www.sen.ca.gov.

Realignment Agenda 2010

Senate Democrats Restructuring Overview

This plan would realign in three specific areas: Public Safety, CalWORKs, and Adult Protective Services. These would be funded through the Oil Severance Tax, VLF, savings from healthcare reform, and a portion of the state sales tax rate.

May 14, 2010 - The Governor released his May Revise on Friday, May 14, 2010. Attached is UCC's Summary of the Governor's May Revise.

A full copy of the May Revision Summary is available on the Department of Finance website: www.dof.ca.gov.

January 8, 2010 - Governor's Budget Proposal
The Governor released his Proposal for the 2010-11 Budget on Friday, January 8, 2010. Attached is UCC’s summary of that proposal.

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