When Governor Jerry Brown announced his proposed budget this morning, CSLEA Legislative Consultant Craig Brown took note for our California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) members.
"It's kind of a Goldilocks budget," said Brown. "It's not too hot, not to cold."
If anyone can decipher the governor's proposed budget, it's Brown. Brown has more than 24 years of executive and legislative experience and served as director of finance for the state of California.
"For the first time in many years, the state has adequate revenues to cover the expenditures coming forward from the current year," said Brown.
Brown also noted, there will not be new programs, there will not be budget cuts and the governor's budget fully funds the step increase that CSLEA negotiated for its members a couple of years ago.
"This is important, " said Brown. "The governor came through with his commitment made to the associations a couple of years ago when he asked us to pay more for our pensions."
The Legislature will hold budget hearings over the next few months. The next really important date in the budget process, according to Brown, is May 14th when the governor will update his budget to reflect the taxes that Californians paid in April to the income tax.