Budget committee proposes large funding increase for early ed

The Legislature's Budget Conference Committee voted to use part of the influx of new state funding to increase spending for preschool and child care for low-income families by $392 million next year, an amount that would be added to the $88 million Gov. Jerry Brown included in his May budget revision.

The proposal would increase the number of preschool slots and vouchers for daycare, raise reimbursement rates to preschool operators and daycare providers, include infants and toddler centers in a state quality rating system and increase the family income threshold for eligibility.

Assemblymember McCarty’s Preschool for All Act Promotes Off Assembly Floor

Bill Would Expand Access to All Eligible Kids

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the Assembly passed Assembly Bill (AB) 47, the Preschool for Act (Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento) on a bi-partisan vote.  This measure requires the state to provide funding for all children who are eligible for the state preschool program, and whose parents wish to enroll them, with the opportunity to enroll in the program.

“We can’t afford to not cover all children, regardless of their economic status for preschool,” said Assemblymember McCarty.  “AB 47 bill will ensure that we keep the promise made to our preschoolers last year and provide each of our low-income children access to preschool. We owe it to our children and we owe it to the families across California, to ensure that children are ready to start school and be successful.”

Assemblymember McCarty’s Statement on Governor’s May Revise

Statement from Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento) Chair of Budget Sub- Committee 2 on Education Finance, regarding Governor’s May Revise:

"The Governor's revised budget provides a good starting point as we begin our final budget negotiations.  Strong revenues project our state's economic stability and an opportunity to address poverty by establishing an earned income tax credit for the working poor.  While I welcome the Governor’s plan to maintain access and affordability in the University of California, I believe we can do better, to rightly focus the UC in adopting additional efficiencies to address long term costs.  As we begin to finalize our budget in the next month, we look forward to working with the Governor on increasing opportunities with investments in child care and state preschool. "

GO-Biz to Host Webinars in May for Small Business Month

Webinars aim to inform entrepreneurs on important requirements and provide resources

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – In celebration of Small Business Month, GO-Biz Office of Small Business Advocate (OSBA) will be providing a series of free webinars to educate small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs on important requirements and available resources. Space will be limited and registration is required to attend.

Connect Your Small Business to the Global Marketplace
Wednesday – May 13, 2015, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
This webinar will cover key issues businesses should consider when exporting, as well as information on export services and programs offered by the state and federal governments. Specific topics will include required documentation, export financing, market assessment, and business matchmaking services.