On Wednesday, the Brown Administration released details of the Governor’s 2018-19 proposed Budget.  RCRC’s governmental affairs team reviewed the proposal, and developed The Rural Rundown, an in-depth look at the Governor’s 2018-19 proposed Budget, its implications for member counties, details of RCRC’s advocacy efforts on specific issue items and an insider perspective into the reasoning and rationale behind elements of the proposal. 

Key Issues/Changes for RCRC Member Counties:

  • Continues to provide $644,000 for the State’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program for 2018-19;
  • Provides $134 million in State support for funding a program to modernize county voting systems;
  • Includes new funding and creates programs to address a broad spectrum of wildfire response and recovery issues in light of the devastating 2017 wildfire season, including backfill of property tax revenue losses for counties, cities and special districts resulting from the fires; and,
  • Maintains the existing funding agreement for IHSS that was created in the 2017-18 State Budget; however, a small increase is being provided by the state to address paid sick leave for IHSS providers.

The Rural Rundown can be accessed here.