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Gov. Brown Signs His Final State Budget, Enjoys “Victory Lap”

June 29, 2018

In a ceremony that several news accounts described as “a victory lap,” Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California state budget for 2018-19 on June 27 at a ceremony in Los Angeles, accompanied by Democratic legislative leaders.

This will be the final state budget to be signed by Governor Brown, who will leave office in January following the election of a new governor in November. (Brown has served a total of four terms as Governor - 1975-1983 and 2011-2019 - longer than any other California Governor.)

Brown took a moment to reflect on the condition of the state budget at the time he became Governor seven years ago, and the budget he signed this year.

“When I took office back in 2011 with the state facing a $27 billion deficit, I pledged to work with the Legislature to fix California’s financial mess,” said Governor Brown. “Today, the final budget I sign delivers on that pledge and prepares us for the future.” The new budget includes a “rainy day fund” containing nearly $14 billion, to be used in the event of a recession.

The budget also increases funding by more than $4,600 per student over 2011-12 levels and directs $78.4 billion in funding to K-14 schools - a 66 percent increase in annual funding from seven years ago. Additionally, the state will fully implement the Local Control Funding Formula, correcting historical inequities in school district funding.

The Governor was joined at the signing ceremony by Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and budget chairs Senator Holly J. Mitchell and Assemblymember Phil Ting.

“This budget is the product of all of us working together to craft a fiscally responsible plan that serves the people of California while at the same time saves for the future,” said Senate President pro Tempore Atkins. “I especially want to thank Governor Brown’s leadership - in this, his last budget - for helping to bring back California from a historic recession and onto a solid economic footing.”

“Devastating budget cuts first compelled me to run for the Assembly. I thought we needed to do better, and this budget does better,” said Assembly Speaker Rendon. “There is more to do, but by investing in our people and saving for the future, this budget gives us the tools we need to keep doing better.”

“Governor Brown has done an admirable job in leading our state out of budget deficits to financial stability. This is a spending plan we can be proud of because it makes the right investments and reflects many of California’s values,” said Assemblymember and Assembly Budget Committee Chair Ting. “I’m especially glad we were able to partner with cities and counties to help them address the homeless crisis with unprecedented funding for more shelters and services.”

For full text of the Budget Act and associated legislation, visit: Additional details on the 2018-19 State Budget can be found at

Sources: Governor’s Press Office, EdBrief staff

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