The $34.8-billion state budget signed Friday by Gov. George Deukmejian is about 9% greater than the current year. These are some details:
RESERVES: The governor set aside $1.05 billion as a reserve and another $289 million for programs he wants the Legislature to fund, including transportation and water quality improvements at the Stringfellow Acid Pits.
TAXES: The budget does not raise or lower taxes, but does rely on a separate bill to reduce solar and energy conservation income tax credits.
APARTHEID: Deukmejian vetoed language prohibiting state funds from being invested in banks and firms that make loans or investments aiding South Africa.
SCHOOLS: Public schools got $11 billion, up from $9.9 million this year. That translates to about $2,500 per student. Deukmejian cut nearly all the $60 million added by the Legislature for preschool and after-school child care. He vetoed $13 million of $16 million added for school meals for poor children and $1.9 million of $5 million for public libraries.
UC AND COLLEGES: University of California gets $1.8 billion, up from $1.6 billion this year. UC fees remain $1,324 a year. California State University gets $1.3 billion, as compared with $1.2 billion this year. Fees remain $573 a year.
COMMUNITY COLLEGES: Two-year colleges get $1.3 billion, compared to $1.2 billion this year. Deukmejian vetoed $73 million of $90 million added by the Legislature. Fees remain $100 a year.
WELFARE: The state will spend $3.1 billion for 2.3 million welfare recipients. Grants will increase 5.7%. Aid for a mother and two children will increase June 1 from $555 a month to $587. Those for an aged or disabled person will rise Jan. 1 from $504 a month to $533.
MEDI-CAL: The state will spend $2.2 billion for health care for the poor. The budget restricts abortions for poor women to pregnancies resulting from rape, threatening the life of the mother or known to have genetic abnormalities. Deukmejian left in the budget additional anti-abortion restrictions that mistakenly were not removed from the Legislature’s budget. The budget also has $567 million for counties to care for the “working poor” or medically indigent adults. Deukmejian cut $15 million of the $20 million added for hospitals that serve the poor, although he left in $15 million for UC hospitals in San Diego, Irvine and Sacramento that also have high numbers of Medi-Cal patients.
MENTAL HEALTH: $460 million for community mental health programs. Deukmejian cut $28 million of $48 million added for the homeless mentally ill.
GOVERNMENT: The Legislature’ operating budget is $125.5 million, compared to $121.8 million this year. The governor’s office gets $5.2 million, the same as this year.
WORKERS: Money is provided for a 7 1/2% pay raise for state workers. Deukmejian cut $43 million for comparable-worth raises for state workers in female-dominated job classifications.
AIDS: Deukmejian cut $10.1 million of the $16.7 million for state and UC research and programs concerning acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
TOXICS: $150 million for toxics and related programs. Deukmejian cut $7.6 million of $8.5 million for expanded cleanup of leaking underground tanks, $7.5 million for cleanup of Tijuana River sewage, $2.7 million to expand cancer registries and birth defects monitoring to more counties and $3.3 million for drinking water programs.