California Healthline: Budget Proposal ‘A Good Starting Point’

by David Gorn

“This budget proposal, it’s a great start,” said Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), chair of the Assembly Committee on Budget after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) released his spending plan last week. “By no means is it the end of the conversation, but it’s a good starting point.”

The Assembly budget committee was the first to hold a fiscal review hearing on the governor’s proposed budget for 2015-16. The Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review meets Thursday to start its official discussion of how the state should spend its money this year.

The Assembly committee last week went over the Assembly’s paper summarizing the highlights of this year’s budget proposal.

Weber and several other Assembly members believe the budget should include more measures to help ease the high poverty rate in California. Two issues raised in committee last week were the lack of health coverage for the undocumented in the state and low Medi-Cal provider rates.

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