Highlights of the Democratic budget plan


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Highlights of the Democratic budget package that lawmakers plan to vote on Wednesday, according to Assembly budget staff:



$900 million –- Raise local sales tax rate by 0.25 percentage point

$300 million –- Raise annual car registration fee by $12

$200 million –- Require online retailers, such as, to collect sales taxes

$160 million –- Impose fee on residents in fire zones


$500 million –- Cut spending on a local law enforcement program (could be offset by a vehicle tax hike, if GOP agrees)

$300 million –- Reduce spending on University of California and California State University systems by $150 million each

$150 million –- Reduce court spending


$2.85 billion –- Delay paying schools and community college bills until the next fiscal year

$540 million –- Delay paying some UC bills until next fiscal year


$1.2 billion -– Revive a new version of proposal to sell state buildings,and then lease space back

$1 billion –- Assume state wins lawsuit to take money from early-childhood programs

$800 million -– Additional unanticipated tax revenue

$750 million -– Cancel repayment of old school debts

$700 million -– Assume federal government will pay some Medi-Cal bills


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