The new proposed grants for housing, books and transportation could cost the state as much as $1.6 billion a year. Gov. Jerry Brown's office described that as a noble goal, but wonders where the funding would come from.
Even though this year's application period is much longer, the number of applications for college grants under the California Dream Act is lagging behind last year's. Officials say some immigrant families are afraid to disclose personal information even though the state pledges to protect it.
Early education advocates say a delay in new preschool slots and a freeze on child care reimbursement rates in the governor's 2017-18 budget will slow progress in supporting young children and hurt working families.