CDAA Member Adocacy Alert: Governor Brown Signs Budget for 2018-2019

Governor Brown signed the 2018-19 California State Budget. The Governor maintained his messaging of cautious fiscal investments from the release of the May revised budget until the budget's signing this morning, while allocating further increases for the rainy day fund. You can watch a recording of the press conference here.
Brown, who leaves office in January, appeared alongside Speaker Rendon, Senate President Pro Tem Atkins, Senator Mitchell and Assembly Member Ting, the top legislative Democrats with whom he negotiated the nearly $140 Billion final budget agreement.

The Governor did not issue any line-item vetoes.
Some of the highlights of the budget impacting ECE issues include:
•    Applies SRR Increase, COLA and Statutory Growth Adjustment. The budget includes a 2.75% SRR increase and a 2.71% COLA for non-CalWORKs child care and State Preschool programs.
•    Increases Adjustment Factors for Infants, Toddlers and Special Needs Children.
•    Provides $39.7 million to increase the reimbursement rate adjustment factors for child care providers serving infants, toddlers, and children with exceptional needs, beginning January 1, 2019.
•    Annualizes Funding and Adds New Slots For Full-Day State Preschool. Includes the 2,959 full-day State Preschool slots for local educational agencies set to be initiated April 1, 2019.
•    Alternative Payment Programs Slots. Increases of $15.8 million non-Prop 98 general Funds and $204.6 million federal Child Care and Development Fund for a total of 13,407 new voucher slots, of which 11,307 are available until June 30, 2020.
•    Permanently Extends Hold Harmless for RMR. The budget provides $34.2 million non-Prop 98 General Fund beginning in 2019-20 to make permanent the existing limited-term Regional Market Reimbursement Rate hold harmless provision.
•    Annualizes Funding for RMR Increases Initiated in 2017-18. The Governor’s budget provides
•    $18.9 million to annualize funding for the January 1, 2018 increase of the RMR. (The 2017-18 budget increased the RMR from the 75th percentile of the 2014 survey to the 75th percentile of
•    the 2016 survey).
•    Provides One-time Funding for Early Education Expansion Grant. The budget includes $167 million in one-time Prop 98 funding for a competitive grant to increase the availability of inclusive early education care opportunities for children aged zero to five.
•    Quality Investments. An increase of $26.4 million federal Child Care and Development Fund in both 2018-19 and 2019-20 to increase inspections of licensed child care providers from once every three years to annual.
•    Lead Testing, Remediation, and Technical Assistance for Child Care Centers. Adopts conference compromise to provide $5 million in General Fund for the State Water Resources Control Board to provide lead testing, remediation, and technical assistance for child care centers.


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