California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a $213 billion state budget Thursday that boosts spending on K-12 education, wildfires and homelessness while putting more money toward state reserves and debt.
KPBS Midday Edition / May 10, 2019
California Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing a $213 billion state spending plan. Also, film classics return to Ken Cinema and fun options for celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend.
Speaker 1: 00:00 Governor Gavin Newsome released his updated proposed budget for California. While there is a surplus today, he says he's focused on paying down debt and saving for future recession.
Speaker 2: 00:11 We are preparing for a very different climate and we've never been more prepared as a state for entering into that climate.
Speaker 1: 00:21 Kq edis politics and government desk reporter Katy or has been covering this and joins us to talk about what's in the proposed budget. Katie, welcome. Thank you for having me. So we got a glimpse of the governor's plan earlier this week when he released what he calls his parent's agenda for low income and middle class families. Did that theme continue with his release of his updated proposed budget? Yes it did. In fact, it was one of the first things he highlighted when a giving his presentation to the media. Um, he talked about expanding paid family leave by two weeks per parent, I should say that I had asked him about actually increasing the benefit that parents get as well because a lot of low income workers still aren't able to afford to take the leave that they're entitled to. He said that that is something they are working on.
Speaker 1: 01:07 They have a task force that's going to be looking at all sorts of things surrounding family leave. Um, he also talked about exempting sales taxes on diapers and menstrual products, which is something that uh, lawmakers up here, including Lorena Gonzalez from San Diego has been pursuing for several years. The governor is a green to that, but only for two years. At this point. It's going to sunset after that. He says a, at that point they can reevaluate the fiscal circumstances of the state and see if it can continue. He's also proposing to allocate a $134 million for childcare and doubling a tax credit for parents with young kids from $500 to $1,000. And now walk us through some of the other highlights. Is this budget drastically different from the plan he initially unveiled in January? Uh, not drastically. There have been some tweaks and how money is distributed education, we'll be getting about $81 billion under prop 98 which spells out how schools need to be funded.
Speaker 1: 02:09 Reserves are also increasing from 21 billion to 21.5 billion. And the governor is proposing to pay down some debt as well. And did governor Newsome say were additional revenue for spending would be coming from really it's income taxes and corporate taxes. They have increased since the January budget proposal. California's economy is really closely linked to the stock market because our property taxes don't fluctuate as much because of prop 13 so if the economy on the whole is doing well, the state tends to do well. He had initially proposed in his January budget to a $209 billion budget, but because those tax revenues have been stronger than projected, he's upping it to 213 point $5 billion. Though much of that is one time. Hmm. And he also included 1 billion to combat homelessness, which has double from his January proposal. Is the idea that some of that money would go to local governments and regional homeless agencies?
Speaker 1: 03:10 Yeah. In fact, most of that money, about 650 million will go to local governments for emergency aid, uh, cities and counties. Those still have to submit regional plans for how they're going to deal with homelessness to get their share. But the governor is also expanding what that money can actually be used for. Um, including traditional and nontraditional permanent supportive housing programs, rapid rehousing programs, jobs, programs, Newsome really called homelessness, a stain on California that needs to be dealt with. And what about on housing more broadly? How does the budget address the state's housing crisis? It maintains the 1.7 $5 billion, um, to spur housing production that he had proposed in his January budget. But it refocuses some of that. Um, it refocuses about $500 million to actually make it easier to build affordable housing and to help renters. And it also redirect some money to infrastructure projects. So it's easier to build things that go along with the houses like roads and, um, you know, inputting water lines and things like that because cities and counties were saying like, we don't have the money to provide this infrastructure for these projects. So it is attempting to make that a little bit easier. Okay. And governor Newsom seemed to channel his predecessor, Governor Jerry Brown, when he warned of a looming recession. Let's take a listen.
Speaker 2: 04:28 Governor Brown reminded folks when he was standing here two years back, uh, what I reminded you of in January, what we all need to remind folks of, uh, that we are modeling in the future prospects of a recession, recession that's more modest. Uh, then 2007, uh, but, uh, a little bit more intense than the 2001 recession.
Speaker 1: 04:52 What else did he say about a recession and his plan to protect the state's finances against an economic downturn? You, as you heard there, he warned repeatedly that a recession or an economic slowdown could be on the horizon to prepare for that. He is proposing increasing reserves. He wants to deposit over a billion dollars into the state's rainy day fund, which would put it at more than $16 billion next year. And as we mentioned, he's also proposing to pay off some debt, about $35 billion. And again, he's using a lot of one time money for things so that the state won't have continuing expenses in the coming years. And how have fellow Democrats and Republicans been reacting to the governor's updated spending plan? You know, overall I'd say he's gotten a good reception. Even Republicans said that there was a lot to like in his budget plan, however, they do question the need for new taxes.
Speaker 1: 05:45 There's been talk up here about possible taxes for things like drinking water, uh, and they say, yeah, we have all this money in reserves. Why can't we just tap into some of that? So that has been a criticism of his plan. So what's next in the state budget process? So the negotiations will continue and I should say largely with Democrats since they hold the majorities in both the assembly and the Senate. And the legislature must pass a budget by June 15th. I've been speaking with Katie or who is with Kq Edis politics and government desk. Katie, thanks for joining us. You're welcome.
Speaker 1: 00:00 It's mother's Day weekend, and there are events happening around town, shorter please. All kinds of moms, whether it's comedy by one of the all time greats music from Mexico or a new take on dance. KPBS arts calendar editor, Nina Guerin joins me with the weekend preview. Hi Nina. Hello. So wait, Nina. Today is Mexican mothers day. Yes, Mexican Mothers Day is May 10th. It's celebrated on the same day every year, so you can't forget. So to my mom and my grandma, happy mother's Day and to mine as well. So this is a perfect concert to celebrate. So tell us all about Lila downs. She is a Mexican American singer, songwriter. She was born in Mexico, but she also lived in California and Minnesota. Um, she studied anthropology in college and so her music is very reflective of that because there's a lot of history and her music. And why has she been called the music version of Frida Kahlo? You know, she is very much steeped into Mexican culture. The Way Frida Kahlo was, she uses indigenous influences and sounds. Most of her songs are in Spanish. Even her look is Frida inspired. She wears braids with ribbons and colorful Mexican dresses. Um, some people may have seen her in the actual Frida Kahlo movie. Lila downs was in it as a singer. Let's listen to a song by Lila downs. This is Glenn Dustino.
Speaker 1: 01:44 People may recognize that as a cover of a Manu Chao Song, and that song is from a new album that was just released last week. How is this different from our previous work? This is called [inaudible], and for this album she worked with Camilo Lara of the Mexican Institute of Sound, and that uses a lot of the more city streets as an influence. It's a little bit more dancy. And then she's also bringing in a lot of regional guests, musicians. We've let downs perform Saturday at California Center for the arts, Escondido comedian. Jerry Seinfeld is back in San Diego. What's he been doing these days? He's still touring Andy as a Netflix show called comedians in cars getting coffee, which is just exactly what that is. He interviews can understand cars. Yeah, it's good. I'm still his show. Seinfeld seems to be bigger than ever. No. Yeah, you can stream it. There's kind of a nineties revival happening with the young kids. I know a lot of people are into 90s fashion these days. There are some teenagers I know who watched shows like Seinfeld and friends just to look at the clothes and remind us about his comedy style. So he got famous because of his observational humor. He takes something really mundane and he somehow comes up with comedy about the things that think about it. So he's basically putting a voice to your weird, random thoughts. Let's listen to some comedy from Jerry Seinfeld. This is from the late show with Stephen Colbert air.
Speaker 2: 03:08 What? What is it about the buffet is it does fascinate me. There's something about it that breaks down the mind. Reason, judgment, portion sizes, combinations. Nobody would go into a restaurant and say to the waiter, I want a yogurt parfait, spare ribs, a waffle for cookies at an egg white omelet.
Speaker 1: 03:28 It's amazing how diverse our pallet suddenly get when we go into a buffet. Uh, what are Jerry Seinfeld shows like now? Has his comedy evolved? It's still very observational. Um, now the jokes are more about family, marriage and aging. He does reuse jokes. So you might hear some that you've heard before, but he's also always working on new material. Jerry Seinfeld performs Friday at the civic theater. Finally, I know you're excited about Dorin stance. What is that? That's a tap dancing company from New York. It's a very big deal that they're coming to San Diego. They focus on the history and roots of tap. Um, they're more about the music of the dance rather than kind of the prod way idea of it. And the creator, Michelle Dorrance became a MacArthur genius fellow in 2015. What makes her stand out? She takes tap to places that you don't expect. She brings it to the blues. She takes it to nightclubs. She collaborated with Tyler Peck of the New York City Ballet. She just really doesn't see borders or limitations when it comes to tap dancing. So this isn't a typical tap show. A, what should people expect in the San Diego show is called ETM double down. She turns the state into an instrument and she uses a trigger boards. She uses eight dancers and six musicians and they just create sounds. All right, so let's take a listen at how a little bit of this works. Here's an excerpt from Dorne Stan.
Speaker 1: 05:03 Wow. And all I've got is a shuffle step. Alright. Doron stands for forms Wednesday at UC San Diego. Before we go, you wanted to mention a popular mother's Day event. We couldn't leave without mentioning gator by the bay, which is very popular. It's always on mother's Day weekend. Um, kids 17 and under a free, and it's a weekend of Zydeco Blues Cajuns swing and country music along with the music. This is also a big quetsion food event, right? Yeah. It's all about Louisiana food. They say there's 10,000 pounds of crawfish coming straight from the southwest Louisiana by you, they even show you how to eat crawfish. If you don't know how, I don't know how. There's also Gumbo hush puppies, Jambalaya. It is a huge food weekend as well. Oh, that sounds like somewhere I should be a gator by the bay continues through Sunday at Spanish landing park. For more arts events. Make sure to check k pbs.org/arts even a guarantee arts
Speaker 3: 05:57 editor. Thanks for joining us. Thank you. Have a good weekend and good mother's Day.
Speaker 4: 06:01 You too. Oh, when I saw you.
Speaker 3: 06:22 Mid Day edition is produced by Marissa Cabrera and Brooke Ruth Art segment producers are Beth Armando and Nina Garren. Midday addition. Senior producer is Megan [inaudible]. Our executive producer is Natalie Walsh, Emily Gen Koski and Rebecca Checon are our technical directors. Stay with us for KPBS round table coming up right after the break. I'm jade Hindman have a great weekend everyone.
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