One of the nation's leading bond-rating agencies has upgraded its outlook for California's finances after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a rare on-time budget in time for the start of the new fiscal year.
Standard & Poor's on Thursday revised California's long-term ratings outlook from negative to stable.
The agency says most of the provisions of the new budget are largely realistic, although it says California's longer-term financial prospects depend on a continuing rise in tax revenue, primarily from the wealthy.
State treasurer's spokesman Tom Dresslar says the ratings improvement confirms the budget takes a significant step forward in putting California's fiscal house back in order.
He says a stable outlook should help the state get better interest rates when it borrows about $5 billion in short-term loans next month.
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