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The Budget At A Glance

January 11, 1986|United Press International

SACRAMENTO — Gov. George Deukmejian proposed a $36.7-billion budget for 1986-87. Here are some details:

THE BOTTOM LINE Overall, the budget is 2.2% larger than the current budget and includes $30.7 billion for day-to-day operation of state government, $5.5 billion in special funds and $525 million in bonds, with no new taxes. Operating expenses are 6.9% higher than in the current fiscal year.

RESERVES Sets aside 3% of revenues, or $1.16 billion, as a reserve for fiscal emergencies. There is no separate fund to cover anticipated loss of federal money because of the Gramm-Rudman balanced-budget measure.

STATE EMPLOYEES Adds 2,020 positions to the state's 231,078-member workforce, but the Deukmejian Administration said the figures do not include an additional 500 employees for the California Lottery. Changes include an 11% cut in the health and welfare staff and a 26% increase for state prisons and other corrections programs. Civil Service employees will get a 5% pay raise under terms of a previous collective bargaining agreement.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Gives $12.1 billion to kindergarten through 12th grade, a 9.2% increase. Includes $14 million to help dropouts stay in school, an additional $60 million for special education and $100 million to replace unsafe buses. Local districts also are expected to receive most of the additional $700 million in lottery proceeds shared with public colleges and universities.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Provides a 7.6% budget increase to maintain mandatory student fees at present levels for the third straight year. It includes $14.7 million for enrollment growth, $500,000 for libraries and $1.1 million for affirmative action. University staff and faculty would get a 5% pay raise, which would give them a modest edge over salaries at eight comparable U.S. schools. Also recommends additional $141.1 million in capital project money.

CAL STATE SYSTEM Provides a 7.3% increase, with no changes in mandatory student fees for the third straight year. Faculty salaries would be raised by 6.8%.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES Allocates a 7.3% increase with no increase in mandatory student fees, $22 million for districts with declining enrollment and $5.6 million in additional money for deferred maintenance.

WELFARE Provides full cost-of-living increases of 4.9% in benefits for welfare recipients, the aged, blind and disabled; increased money for community mental health services, state hospitals and services to the developmentally disabled.

LAW ENFORCEMENT Adds enough state law enforcement officers on highways and in prisons to bring total staffing growth for the last four years to 38%. Provides $4 million to combat youth gang violence and $17 million--including $10.3 million in new money--to expand the statewide computerized criminal identification system.

TOXIC WASTE Provides $137 million for the cleanup of toxic waste, or 50% more than in the current state budget. Deukmejian said he will make additional recommendations for overhauling toxic waste control after a task force report makes recommendations in May. The Assembly has rejected his toxic waste reorganization plan.

TRANSPORTATION Sets aside $2.8 billion for state highway projects and $1 billion for local roads. That is part of a five-year plan to spend $12.7 billion on 1,500 transportation projects statewide.

NATURAL RESOURCES Provides a 9.6% increase in spending for fighting air pollution and increases resources staff by 5%. Adds $1.6 million to expand motor vehicle emissions control activities, and $515,000 for a two-year program to outfit up to 25 transit buses with experimental anti-soot devices. Calls for "an effective strategy" to increase water storage and conservation but offers no revision of early ambitious water proposals that were defeated in the Legislature. Maintains the California Coastal Commission, which oversees coastal development, including offshore oil projects, at slightly above the current level.

JUDGES AND COURTS Does not include $360 million that had been sought for counties by Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird in accord with legislation enacted last year to pay for operations of trial courts. The Administration said new legislation is needed to spend the money, which would have to come from cutting spending elsewhere.

RURAL CALIFORNIA Boosts Deukmejian's "rural renaissance" program with $5 million to promote farm exports, $7 million for rural county marketing for economic development and a $30-million rural economic fund to finance public projects.

TRADE Expands trade promotion with a $7-million allocation that includes money to set up California trade offices in Tokyo and London to help compete with 29 states that already have foreign trade offices.

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