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The 2019-20 Budget: Overview of the Governor’s Budget

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report:

The 2019-20 Budget: Overview of the Governor’s Budget

This report presents our office’s initial assessment of the Governor’s Budget.

The budget’s position continues to be positive. With $20.6 billion in discretionary resources available, the Governor’s budget proposal reflects a budget situation that is even better than the one our office estimated in the November Fiscal Outlook.

The Governor’s Budget allocates nearly half of these discretionary resources to repaying state liabilities. Then, the Governor allocates $5.1 billion to one-time programmatic spending, $3 billion to reserves, and $2.7 billion to ongoing spending. Although the Governor’s allocation to discretionary reserves represents a smaller share of resources than recent budgets, the Governor’s decision to use a significant share of resources to pay down state debts is prudent.

The Governor’s ongoing spending proposal is roughly in line with our November estimate of the ongoing capacity of the budget under an economic growth scenario. This was just one scenario, however. Recent financial market volatility indicates revenues could be somewhat lower than either we or the administration estimated.

This report is available using the following link: https://lao.ca.gov/Publications/Report/3916?utm_source=laowww&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3916

This article was released by the Legislative Analyst’s Office.