California governor proposes record $115.3 billion budget
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a record $115.3 billion California spending plan that will send more money to public schools, set aside reserves and create a new state tax credit for the working poor.
The Democratic governor revised his January budget proposal upward Thursday to reflect $6.7 billion in new revenue that has come in since then.
He also responded to criticism that he hasn't done enough to help California's poor by proposing a $380 million income tax credit.
By law, the state must spend most of the surplus on public schools and filling California's rainy day account.
Brown's fellow Democrats and advocates want more money for child care, health care and social programs.