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Latest PPIC Poll Finds Majorities Favor Brown’s Revised Budget, School Funding Plan

June 6, 2013

Most Californians support Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal, and they overwhelmingly favor his spending plan for public schools. These are among the key findings of a statewide survey released on May 29 by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), with funding from The James Irvine Foundation.

When read a brief description of the overall budget proposal, solid majorities of Californians (61%) and likely voters (60%) favor the plan, which includes increased spending for K–12 education and modest increases to higher education, health and human services, and corrections. The governor’s plan would also reduce state debt and maintain a $1.1 billion reserve — a potential focus of debate, as some Democratic legislators look to restore funding to social services. When asked about the tradeoff, a majority of Californians (55%) prefer paying down debt and building a reserve to restoring some funding for social service programs (39%). Likely voters are twice as likely to prefer reducing the debt (62%) to restoring funding to social services (32%).

The governor’s education funding plan allocates $1 billion to help schools prepare for implementation of the math and English standards called the Common Core State Standards in 2014. Asked about this component of the plan, 73 percent of Californians express support. A key feature of Brown’s school funding plan would give each K–12 school district more money than in 2011–12 and allocate additional funding to districts with more English Learners and lower-income students. In the survey, 77 percent of Californians support this idea.

"Strong majorities favor the governor’s cautious approach to the budget,” says Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO. "And they overwhelmingly support his ideas for school financing.”
To read the complete poll results, click here.

Source:  PPIC.