2018 Budget Conference Committee Update
The Budget Conference Committee held its first meeting on Thursday, May 31. It’s promising that close to $1 Billion may be added to child care funding this year. However, the amount of funding to increase Alternative Payment (AP) voucher spaces is only $166 million.
Critical child care funding items from the General Fund (non-Prop 98) that will be resolved in this committee and which the Committee members have asked questions about, are:
- The total number of new vouchers to help low income families pay for child care. The Senate and Assembly each propose $166 million — $56 million in new CCDBG dollars and $100 million in General Funds.
- Assembly proposal to use $100M in one-time general funds for expansion of school-based preschool facilities funding (Senate proposed $0)
- Assembly proposal to use $100M in one-time general funds for facilities expansion for full-day kindergarten
- Senate proposal to add $100M to bring child care programs into compliance with the CCDBG (Assembly proposed $0)
The Budget Conference Committee has finished its discussion on the early care and education budget, and will most likely round up its overall hearings early the week of June 4.
Members of the Budget Conference Committee are:
- Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), Co-Chair
- Senator John M. W. Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa)
- Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama)
- Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside)
- Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)
- Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair
- Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno)
- Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica)
- Assemblymember Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside)
- Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia)
June 1, 2018