Cloud of Uncertainty Hangs Over L.A.’s Budget

Los Angeles County officials released a $30 billion budget proposal for FY 2017-2018 Monday, despite massive uncertainty on the state, national, and local fronts. The plan includes increased funding for homelessness and other social services, as well as infrastructure, jail diversion programs, and health.

The Daily News has a breakdown of the budget proposal here.

The budget did not address some of the more pressing questions regarding the Medical Examiner’s Office. Other potential budgetary challenges include a reduction in funding for in-home support services, which County News covered previously. Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to eliminate state funding for in-home care could end up costing the county $200 million in the first year alone.

Then there’s the Trump factor. A skirmish with the new administration over immigration could result in severe impacts on L.A. funds. Nevertheless, L.A. officials are calling for $2 million to be allocated into a Justice Fund for undocumented immigrants as part of the proposal.




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