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State Aims to Cut Funding Again

Under Gov. Jerry Brown’s initial budget proposal, California voters may be asked to help close an anticipated $9.2 billion gap with a November tax measure.  But the measure may not yield the $6.9 billion the governor is counting on, the state’s Legislative Analyst said.

The governor plans to close the gap with cuts to schools, more revenues and funding shifts.  His plan calls for greater funding flexibility for schools, which the Long Beach Unified School District has long favored.

But the Legislative Analyst said the tax initiative may only bring $4.8 billion in revenue for 2012-13, with slightly more in following years.  Public schools must plan for further cuts even if the tax measure succeeds.  If the tax measure fails and/or the governor’s revenue projections don't hold true, the cuts will be more significant.