- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on California’s budget revision (all times local):

12:55 p.m.:

Gov. Jerry Brown is increasing the projected savings from a voter-approved measure that cut penalties for drug and property crimes.

But the higher savings in the revised budget he released on Friday are still about $90 million lower than California’s nonpartisan legislative analyst estimates.

The Democratic governor now says about $39.4 million should flow to community rehabilitation programs from Proposition 47.

That’s about $10 million more than Brown estimated in January.

The governor now projects the initiative will lower the state’s prison population by an additional 535 inmates.

The 2014 ballot measure sends the savings to mental health and substance abuse programs, crime victims and to reduce school truancy.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office says lawmakers can increase that funding in the budget they negotiate before the June 15 deadline.

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12 p.m.:

Republican state lawmakers are supporting Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s call to save more money as California prepares for the next economic downturn.

But they’re keeping up their criticism of the governor’s push for a $64 billion high-speed rail project to link Northern and Southern California.

They also oppose Brown’s continued call to raise taxes to pay for road repairs when California already has high gas taxes.

Assembly Minority Leader Chad Mayes, a Republican from Yucca Valley, says the revised budget Brown released Friday projects the possibility of future budget deficits topping $4 billion.

He and others criticized Democratic lawmakers for proposals they say would make the problem worse.

Republicans generally say any available additional money should go first to education, fixing roads and bridges, and water projects.

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10:50 a.m.:

Gov. Jerry Brown is maintaining his call to put an extra $2 billion into California’s rainy day fund, despite lagging revenues.

The Democratic governor released his plan for the upcoming fiscal year on Friday. He says the state’s primary fiscal goal should be fully filling the state’s rainy day fund before the next recession begins.

Brown says his goal is to protect social services from the devastating cuts they suffered during the Great Recession.

His administration is forecasting a return to deficits when temporary income taxes on incomes over $250,000 a year expire in 2019. Brown championed the taxes in 2012.

But he again declined to take a position on an initiative to extend the taxes to 2031.

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10:15 a.m.:

Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a $122.2 billion budget plan, down slightly from his January proposal as he projects tax revenues will come in nearly $2 billion less than expected.

The budget Brown released Friday for the fiscal year starting in July projects the state will return to deficits when temporary income taxes on the wealthy expire in 2019.

Brown says “the surging tide of revenue is beginning to turn.”

The Democratic governor included some spending increases sought by his fellow Democrats, including higher spending for development disability services and higher payments to Medi-Cal providers.

Tax collections have slowed since Brown proposed a $122.6 billion general fund spending plan in January. By law, about half the state’s spending goes to K-12 education and higher education.

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12 a.m.:

Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to release his revised state budget Friday amid concerns about declining revenue and mounting pressure from some of his fellow Democrats to increase the flow of money to people struggling to get by.

Brown proposed a $122.6 billion spending plan in January that favored savings, debt payments and deferred maintenance over restoring funding for safety net programs.

By law, about half the state’s spending goes to K-12 education and higher education. One of every $5 in Brown’s January budget went to health care, and 9 percent was for prisons.

Since the original spending plan was made public, California’s tax collections have slowed, due in part to stock market hiccups earlier this year. The state controller reported Tuesday that revenue in April was $1.19 billion short.

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