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June 6, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 19
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In this Issue:

  • California Budget Process Lacks the Angst of Previous Years
  • New "Jungle" Primary Fails to Excite California Voters
  • Catholic Leaders Call for Preserving International Food Aid
  • On the Web

California Budget Process Lacks the Angst of Previous Years

With an understated primary election in their rear-view mirror (see below), the California Legislature is focusing its energy on settling up the state budget for the coming fiscal year. Even with an economic recovery still in first gear, revenues are exceeding projections making the entire process much less melodramatic and gut-wrenching than in the not so distant past.

In a recent statement, Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, applauded the Governor for his measured recovery approach but also urged him and lawmakers to "consider supporting those who were most devastated during the recession and have the furthest to go until they participate in the recovery."

The Budget Conference Committee -- comprised of negotiators from both houses charged with hammering out differences in the separate budgets approved by their respective houses -- could consider low-cost programs that have a significant impact on the lives of struggling children and families in California.

For instance, the Naturalization Services Program (NSP) helps legal permanent residents finalize their immigration process (you can email the Governor about NSP here.) 

Speculation is that the Conference Committee will wrap up its negotiations early next week and the full legislature could send the budget to the Governor by next Friday (June 13). That timeline is reinforced by the fact that the Senate has scheduled a vote for a new President Pro Tempore on Monday, June 16. (The current President -- Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) -- is being termed out of office.)