Gov. Brown signs state budget, projects $9 billion surplus for this year


Governor Jerry Brown signed the $201 billion state budget Wednesday, in a move he said fulfills a pledge to “fix California’s financial mess” and rebound from a $27 billion deficit he faced when coming into office in 2011. 

The new budget projects a $9 billion surplus for the coming year, and puts the state on track to accumulate more than $16 billion in savings that it can use to prepare for a recession, Brown said in a news release. 

The budget earmarks $8 million in funding for Valley Fever research and treatment, with much of that funding directly benefiting Kern County, according to Sen. Jean Fuller. 

Kern Medical will receive $3 million for its Valley Fever Institute. 

Another $3 million will go to the University of California for its Valley Fever research, and $2 million will go to the Department of Public Health for an outreach and awareness campaign, according to Rep. Rudy Salas. 

Bakersfield College will also receive $1 million for career technical education, Salas said. 

In addition, the spending plan allows for funding of many one-time projects, such as $500 million in grants for cities to address homelessness and boosts in funding for universities. 

For a more detailed break down of the budget, click here.

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