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Highlights of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan

Gov. Jerry Brown carries notebook paper outlining his proposed 2016-17 state budget after a news conference at the California State Capitol Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown’s plan includes billions of dollars in new funding for schools, climate change programs and services for the elderly and disabled.
Gov. Jerry Brown carries notebook paper outlining his proposed 2016-17 state budget after a news conference at the California State Capitol Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown’s plan includes billions of dollars in new funding for schools, climate change programs and services for the elderly and disabled. rbyer@sacbee.com

Here a few highlights of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Rainy-day fund: Adds $2 billion to the minimum required, bringing fund balance to $8 billion by mid-2017.

K-12 schools: Adds $2.4 billion to bring per-student spending to $10,591.

Higher education: Keeps tuition flat at UC and CSU. Increases core funding by 4.6 percent at CSU and 5.4 percent at UC.

State worker pay: Sets aside $300 million for raises, but suggests workers will have to share cost of retiree health care.

Buildings: Creates $1.5 billion fund for state buildings, including replacement of the Resources building at Ninth and N streets in Sacramento.

Minimum wage: Allocates $250 million to cover $10 minimum wage for government workers.

Drought: Includes $719 million to reduce impacts of the drought, including wildfires.

Developmentally disabled: Offers at least $130 million increase for programs.

Tax breaks: Includes $400 million to fully fund tax credit to help very low-income workers.

Criminal justice: Assumes $29.3 million from reducing some crimes to misdemeanors. Savings would pay to reduce truancy, help crime victims, and provide mental health treatment for parolees.

In-home health workers: Includes $444 million to pay overtime, the result of a federal order. Restores 7 percent reduction in hours, assuming managed care tax is approved.

SSI/SSP: Increases monthly payments for low-income aged, blind and disabled by $17 for individuals and $31 for couples, beginning in 2017.

Climate change: Proposes $1 billion to reduce emissions in transportation, including funding for mass transit and incentives for zero-emission vehicles.

Roads: Reintroduces a variety of taxes, fees and cap-and-trade money, including a $65-per-vehicle highway user fee to generate about $3.6 billion annually for road repairs.

Marijuana: Spends $24.6 million and hires 126 employees across six state departments to develop and enforce regulations for medical marijuana.

Jails: Proposes $80 million for plans, drawings and construction of an adult jail facility in Sacramento County.

Conservation Corps: Spends nearly $20 million for a kitchen, multipurpose room and dorm replacement at the Auburn campus.

Cal Fire: Projects the replacement of 12 “Vietnam-era” firefighting helicopters.

Source: Governor’s proposed 2016-17 budget

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