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Pasadena Unified Could Benefit From State Windfall

Published on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 2:37 pm

A state surplus could lead to more money for local schools.

Due to climbing revenues and increased tax collections, California will have a $31 billion budget surplus next year, according to a forecast from the state’s independent Legislative Analyst’s Office.

The surplus could also lead to tax cuts, increased infrastructure spending or taxpayers rebates.

The state constitution requires 40% of state tax collections be spent on public education each year, which could lead to a $11 billion increase for public schools and community colleges.

California businesses reported a $216.8 billion in taxable sales from April through June — a 38.8% increase over the same period in 2020.

According to the Associated Press, during the first three months of this budget year, California tax collections are more than $10 billion ahead of projections. The LAO predicts that by June of 2022, California will have collected $28 billion more in taxes and transfers than they had expected.

Retail sales have also experienced double digit-growth this year and stock prices have doubled from their low point last spring at the start of the pandemic.

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