Other services, however, continue to be cut. The budget includes a previously negotiated 8 percent reduction in providers' hours and wages for the care of homebound disabled and elderly people in In-Home Supportive Services program.
For some recipients of those services, frustration was compounded when the California Citizens Compensation Commission voted this month to grant a 5 percent pay raise to state lawmakers and constitutional officers, partially restoring pay cuts imposed during the recession.
"My daughter's in-home operations nurse, she's going to lose 10 percent of her pay," said Dianne Carle, a Roseville woman who has two disabled children who require 24-hour care.
Carle, who also laments the impact of funding reductions for autism services her son receives, said, "These IHSS people only make $10 an hour. It's not like they're living high on the hog _ and the Legislature ... they restored their 5 percent pay cut."
Brown on Thursday announced he had made only a relatively small number of line-item vetoes to the budget, totaling about $40 million, as he signed the main budget bill and other legislation required to implement the spending plan. Among them, Brown vetoed his own proposal to earmark $20 million in funding for online education.
Brown, who proposed in January to provide $10 million each to the University of California and California State University systems to expand the number of courses available online, will include that money in the college systems' annual allocation, but without requiring it to be spent on online education.
Also Thursday, the state Assembly passed a modified version of Brown's proposal to restructure an enterprise zone program of hiring tax credits that has been criticized as wasteful and ineffective by the governor and labor unions.
The legislation passed in the lower house 54-17, after clearing the Senate on Tuesday.
Brown, who persuaded legislative Democrats to accept relatively conservative revenue estimates for the year, said the budget "included enough" for safety-net programs.
Democratic Assemblyman Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat, said state leaders' first goal has been "maintaining fiscal stability in the state."
Pan, a doctor, cited $33.8 million in increased funding for dental care for poor adults as one example of a "very important step forward."
"Yeah, it doesn't start in the beginning of the year," he said, "but at least it's coming back."
Other Democratic lawmakers have said they may lobby Brown for midyear spending increases if revenue exceeds expectations, and they could have an opportunity.
Brown's Department of Finance reported last week that the state collected nearly $1 billion more in tax revenue in May than the administration most recently projected.
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said last week that June revenue could also come in higher. However, the analyst's office cautioned, final revenue determinations will not be certain for several months.
Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell pushed this spring for a 12 percent funding increase for CalWORKs grants. She described the process resulting in a 5 percent increase as one that "really went very well."
"I really thought, let's shoot for the stars and see how far we get," she said.
Compared to previous years, Mitchell said, "It's significant. It's significant."
Even at current levels, Republican state Sen. Bill Emmerson said he fears the effect of spending dependent on the passage of Proposition 30, which increased certain taxes only temporarily.
"My biggest fear is we're going to create another budget hole to the general fund after Prop. 30 goes away," he said. "If the economy does not grow sufficiently, then we're going to get another budget crisis in the future."
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