California Healthline: Advocates Surprised, Disappointed at What’s Missing From Brown’s Budget

Randall Benton / Gov. Jerry Brown walks through the Capitol to a news conference Thursday where he unveiled his proposed state budget for the year that begins July 1. Read more here:
by David Gorn

Health care advocates were “surprised and upset” that so many recent cutbacks and program eliminations remained static in Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) proposed budget released yesterday.

“For this year, there’s very good news,” Brown said yesterday at a Sacramento press conference. “But by no means are we out of the wilderness. We must be very prudent in the way we spend public funds.”

Brown stood next to a bar chart with many long red bars representing the previous years’ deficits, next to one small black bar that stood for the current year’s surplus.

“Just because we have this little black mark here,” he said, pointing to the small, lone surplus bar, “some people think we should go on a spending spree.”

Jack Hailey, senior project director at the not-for-profit Government Action and Communication Institute, would not call what he wants a spending spree.

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Link to Governor Brown’s Budget Summary:

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