Some highlights of Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget released Tuesday:
K-12 SCHOOLS: Sticks to Brown's original proposal to give more money to school districts that have more English learners, low-income students and foster youth. But proposal includes new accountability requirements aimed at ensuring extra money will be spent on those students. Plan also includes additional $1 billion to help districts implement "common core" curriculum standards.
HIGHER EDUCATION: Previously proposed spending increases remain intact, but new plan abandons some sweeping changes advanced in January. No longer on the table: course unit caps, shifting adult education programs to community colleges and funding community colleges based on how many students complete each term.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Backtracks on Brown's proposal to have counties take lead on expanding Medi-Cal under the federal Affordable Care Act, instead recommending that state take the lead. But proposal is contingent on shifting new costs to counties for food stamp program, CalWORKS welfare benefit and child care linked to cash assistance.The shift would reduce state costs by about $300 million in next fiscal year.
COURTS: No new money for California's court system, dashing hopes of judicial leaders who've pushed for restoration of some of more than $1 billion lost over the past few years. The courts are set to receive about $3.1 billion in funding, slightly more than last year, although it requires siphoning about $200 million from trial court construction reserves to reach that budget figure.
TRANSPORTATION: Spending in the new Transportation Agency -- which will encompass Caltrans, California Highway Patrol, Department of Motor Vehicles and other departments starting July 1 -- remains essentially unchanged from January at $21.1 billion. The CHP is spending $17 million more than thought to buy three new helicopters and an airplane while the California High-Speed Rail Authority is boosting budget by $5.1 million to add more staffers as it prepares to begin construction this summer.
ENVIRONMENT: Diverts $500 million generated by new cap-and-trade fees -- part of the state's landmark law to reduce carbon emissions -- as a one-year loan to the state Finance Department. Environmentalists and advocates for the poor complain that money is needed right away for communities hardest hit by pollution and to combat climate change.