Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) told local educators this week to prepare for mid-year budget cuts that will be automatically triggered in December if state revenues fall more than $4 billion below projections.
“If I had to predict, I would say the trigger cuts probably are pulled,” Gatto said during a community forum Monday at the Buena Vista Library in Burbank.
Gov. Jerry Brown has told lawmakers that he would veto any proposal that sought to work around the budget triggers, Gatto added.
“He believes that the public needs to feel the pain of the state budget cuts to really believe that they are serious,” Gatto said, adding that Brown feels it could take exactly that for voters to demand change from their representatives.
The mid-year cuts would further reduce K-12 funding by $1.5 billion, or about $260 per student.
It was grim news for school officials and parents who have watched their budgets shrink and their class sizes grow since the onset of the economic downturn in 2008. And they didn’t hide their frustration from the freshman lawmaker.