California’s budget has inspired three new lawsuits this week, adding to worries about its viability.
Advocates for education, the disabled, and cities filed the lawsuits over the state’s plan to cut their services in the current budget.
The League of California Cities is suing the state over the shift of $130 million of vehicle license-fee money away from cities to counties to pay for the realignment of inmates from the state. Vehicle license fees are used to secure bonds.
The California School Boards Association, the Association of California School Administrators, and three school districts are suing over the potential loss of $2.1 billion.
Advocates for people with mental or physical disabilities are also suing to block a cut of more than 4% to related services in the spending plan.
The state is already facing a lawsuit by redevelopment agencies over legislation tied to the budget that forces them to give a chunk of revenue to the state or shut down.
The legal challenges are adding to concerns about the budget, which is already facing revenue shortfalls that could trigger cuts if revenue fails to line up as expected during the year.