California is Back, With a Budget That is On-Time, Balanced, Responsible and Visionary
Today, the California Legislature undertook one of its most important tasks, the passage of a budget. The budget is a statement of California's values and priorities and a framework for the funding of our schools and universities, our healthcare, our roads and infrastructure, environmental protection programs and economic vitality.
I wanted to share with you the statement I released after the passage of the main budget bill today:
"California is back. This budget we just passed meets several key benchmarks: It is on-time, balanced, responsible and visionary.
It is both a cautious and an ambitious budget. While still living within our means, and sticking to the Governor's more conservative revenue estimates, we have committed to making educating our young people our top priority. The real winners in today's budget are our students, our schools, and our future.
This budget gets us back on track, while putting in place some dramatic and visionary changes in how we fund our schools by establishing a Local Control Funding Formula. This compromise proposal means more funding for everyone, lifting the boats of ALL students, something that has been a priority for me. It also guarantees that students who need more additional resources - English language learners, low-income students, students in foster care - are going to get the additional assistance they need to succeed.
While this budget is a vital step forward, it's only the beginning of many years of work we still have ahead of us to repair the damage done to our economy and infrastructure caused by the world-wide recession and the irresponsible behavior of Wall Street.
Our ultimate goal shouldn't be simply restoring California to its pre-recession condition, but renewing it, so that we continue to be the state that aims higher, dreams bigger and achieves more than any other."
I'd appreciate your thoughts about the state budget. Please email me or contact my Santa Barbara or Oxnard offices.
State Senator, 19th Senate District