Jackson Releases Statement on the Governor's May Revise

May 13, 2014

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement on the May Revise, the Governor’s revised budget proposal based on the latest revenue estimates:

“The good news is that California’s finances continue on a stable, steady and positive course. It’s easy to forget how far we’ve come from three years ago, when the state faced a $26.6 billion deficit. State revenues are up, and the Governor continues to prioritize our state’s fiscal stability, with proposals to pay down debt and shore up our State Teachers’ Retirement System.

He proposes more funding for Medi-Cal, as the state works to insure more Californians in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, and more, if limited, funding for the courts – a positive step in the right direction, even as access to justice continues to be a key issue.

We also need to invest and plan for our future, one I hope will include strong early childhood education and child care resources for working families, an excellent higher education and K-12 school system, and a health care system that serves all those who need care.

The Governor’s proposal remains just that, a proposal. I look forward to delving into all these issues in depth as we work toward the best budget and a strong, visionary future for California.”

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.