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Spending plan fills the state rainy day fund to its constitutional maximum and beefs up other reserve funds, boosting the state total savings to $16 billion.Even more money is set aside for specific one time purposes such as building construction and maintenance projects that could easily be cancelled if the state runs into trouble.Still, massive debts remain for pensions and retiree health care. And California relies immensely on income taxes collected from the wealthy a revenue source that is extremely volatile.Brown, who leaves office in January, appeared alongside Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, the top legislative Democrats with whom he negotiated the final budget agreement.Brown has generally faced tougher criticism from his fellow Democrats than from Republicans, who dislike some specific spending items but welcome his efforts to restrain the growth of long term budget commitments.Democrats have advocated more aggressive efforts to help people living in poverty, including expanding the state Medicaid program, Medi Cal, to cover some people living in the country illegally.there is more to do in these areas, but by investing in our people and saving for the future this budget gives us the tools we need to keep doing better, Rendon said.The budget includes $138.7 billion from the state general fund. Including bonds and special funds that must be used for specific purposes, total state spending tops $201 billion.The budget boosts funding for higher education, staving off tuition increases, and increasing welfare grants that have been slow to return to their pre recession levels.
[Photo: courtesy Super Heroic]Chief among Mayden product testers are his two children. His 14 year old son is his head of research and development, while his younger daughter is his wear tester. Both heavily involved in the process, Mayden says. For the fifth year running and celebrating the program 10th season GAP and GQ have collaborated on capsule collections from the magazine picks for the Best New Menswear Designers in America. This time, as was announced earlier this year, it an all star team featuring returning MVPs Steven Alan, Saturday NYC, John Elliott and, a three time winner, Michael Bastian (all pictured above). You find them in Manhattan more prominent Gap locations including Fifth Avenue in both Midtown and the Flatiron District, The Upper West Side, Greenwich Village, Herald and Times Squares to name a few.