Budget Update: January 15, 2013

On January 10, Governor Brown unveiled his proposed budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. It generally contained good news for people with developmental disabilities and their families because it did not include any new cuts in funding for regional centers. In fact, it includes a small increase to accommodate growth in the number of individuals with developmental disabilities eligible for services, and changes in consumer service needs. It also assumes that the 1.25% cut in payments to service providers will end as scheduled on June 30, 2013. This will restore $46.7 million to service providers during the year. At the same time, the budget proposal does call for making permanent the Annual Family Program fee, which assesses a fee of $150 or $200 per family on higher-income families.

The next step in the process is for members of the Assembly and State Senate to review and analyze the Governor’s plan, and to propose their own budget ideas. It will probably not be until April or May before we know more about what the next year’s budget will contain, but we are hopeful that the economy will continue to get better and improve California’s budget outlook. We will keep you informed of any developments.