SACRAMENTO — Gov. Pete Wilson has signed a series of bills needed to make the state budget work, but he vetoed two measures, saying that they would create a deficit or would roll over debt into the next year.
Wilson's actions, which were announced late Tuesday, make changes in state law that were necessary to implement the budget. All the bills were part of a package sent to the governor by the Legislature to end a 63-day budget impasse that had the state paying bills with IOUs. The main budget bill was signed on Sept. 2.
Among the 19 follow-up bills that Wilson signed are measures that will:
* Shift $1.3 billion in property tax from cities, counties, special districts and redevelopment agencies to school districts.
* Allow community colleges to raise fees from $6 to $10 per unit.
* Authorize a 40% increase in California State University fees.
* Slice $617 million from a number of health and welfare programs.
* Permit counties to reduce general assistance welfare payments.
* Give counties the ability to reduce certain local health programs.
Wilson vetoed a measure that would have restored $2.7 million to state Department of Rehabilitation programs for the physically and mentally disabled. In his veto message, the governor said "the net impact of this bill would be to create a deficiency."