Brown’s budget: A carrot-and-stick approach for $139 billion in spending (Capitol Weekly)

January 10, 2013 – Saying California’s chronic multi-billion dollar shortfalls are over for at least the next five years, Gov. Jerry Brown presented a $139 billion budget Thursday that increases spending for public schools by nearly $3 billion and for higher education by $600 million.Overall spending by Brown is $9 billion more than this year’s $130 billion. But there are strings for those at the receiving end of the dollars. And one major suprise: Money intended for ‘green energy’ programs, as voters decreed in Proposition 39, is going to schools. Brown’s budget shows cash coming in exceeding checks going out by less than $900 million.

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