State Budget

Early-Action Budget Provisions Signed Into Law

Governor Gavin Newsom signed several budget bills February 23 after the Legislature fast-tracked measures that Newsom said are needed immediately to help Californians affected by the pandemic. “This critical assistance – including child care, relief for small business owners, direct cash support to individuals and households, financial aid for community college students and more – will help keep our communities afloat as the state continues to confront the immense challenges of this moment,” Newsom said in a press release announcing…

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Governor and Democratic Leaders Announce Deal on Early Budget Action

Governor Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders announced February 17 that they have reached an agreement on portions of the state budget intended to help Californians who have been affected by the pandemic. The stimulus package includes $9.6 billion in budget changes – spending increases and relief measures – including $4.7 billion directed to small businesses, according to Senator Nancy Skinner, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. The deal – negotiated behind closed doors and not discussed…

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December’s State Tax Revenue Was $3 Billion Higher Than Projected

Revenue from the state government’s three largest taxes beat budget projections by $3 billion (21 percent) for the month of December, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) reported January 20. The projections for the personal income tax, corporation tax and sales tax were included in the 2020-21 budget approved by the Legislature and governor in June.  “Collections beat expectations across all components of the three taxes, with income tax withholding being the single largest contributor to higher-than-expected collections,” the LAO staff…

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State Auditor Puts COVID-19 Response Spending on High-Risk List

State Auditor Elaine Howle reported August 25 that her office has designated the state’s management of federal funds related to COVID-19 as a high-risk statewide issue. Congress enacted legislation in March and April that included funding for states to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19. The auditor reviewed information about this funding that California departments received, or expect to receive, and made the “high-risk” determination “based on our evaluation of several factors including, but not limited to, the following: The…

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New Budget Deal Unveiled, Quickly Brought to Vote

Governor Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders announced June 22 that they reached an agreement on the 2020-21 state budget, and three days later the Senate voted to approve 18 budget trailer bills to implement the deal. The Senate’s approval of AB 89 (Ting), “the budget bill junior,” came Thursday evening with a party-line 29-11 vote. The budget passed June 15 by the Legislature (SB 74) relied heavily upon possible receipt of federal funds to balance the budget. The new budget agreement…

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Lawmakers Scheduled to Vote on $9.2 Billion Tax Increase on California Businesses

Both houses of the Legislature are scheduled to vote Monday on a budget deal that includes $9.2 billion in tax increases on California businesses via a suspension of the net operating loss deduction and a $5 million-per-year limit on business tax credits – including the research-and-development credit – for three years retroactive to the beginning of this year. CalTax is leading a coalition of more than 50 trade associations and local taxpayer groups in opposition to the tax increases, which…

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Newsom Releases Details of Corporate Tax Increases, While Legislators Debate Priorities

Democrats in the state Senate released a budget proposal this week that agrees with Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed limit on tax credit utilization and suspension of net operating loss deductions, but rejects some of the governor’s proposed spending reductions and focuses on using reserves and deferrals to balance the 2020-21 budget. A significant tax change previously suggested by Senate leaders – discounted income taxes for those who prepay a year or more in advance – is not part of the…

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Governor’s Tax Proposals Get First Legislative Hearings

The Legislature’s budget deliberations kicked into high gear this week with committee hearings on Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget revision. The governor’s budget plan includes $9.2 billion in tax increases on California employers, to be imposed by suspending net operating loss provisions and capping the amount of tax credits a business could claim during three tax years. These provisions were discussed in the committees, but not brought to a vote. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon truncated the budget process in his house…

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Governor Unveils Revised Budget Plan With Higher Taxes on Corporate Taxpayers

Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised budget proposal May 14, a $203.3 billion spending plan for the 2020-21 fiscal year that calls for higher taxes on California businesses via suspending net operating loss provisions and capping the amount of tax credits a business can claim. Newsom proposed the NOL suspension for 2020, 2021, and 2022 for what his budget summary describes as “medium and large businesses,” without additional details. The revised budget also would limit business incentive tax credits from…

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