The governor and the Legislature know the COVID-19 pandemic has
blown a huge hole in the state budget, but they can’t easily
project state revenues or the impact on Proposition 98 — the
mechanism that provides K-12 schools and community colleges about
40 percent of the state’s General Fund.
On January 10, Gov. Brown released his
proposed budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year amidst uncertainty
about how federal actions may impact California. Federal funds
currently account for more than one-third of the state budget,
and according to the California Budget & Policy Center, 7.9
percent of federal dollars currently go to K-12 education and 5.2
percent to higher education.