Jackson Releases Statement on Governor's Budget Proposal

January 09, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2015-16 proposed spending plan, a starting point for months of review and discussion about the budget in the State Legislature. In response, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement:

“California is facing a brighter future thanks to a recovering economy and wise budget choices, and Governor Brown’s budget proposal reflects that. It is also marked by his signature caution, and a very practical realization that the days of multi-billion deficits, while receding ever farther in our rear view mirror, could revisit our state again if we don’t plan prudently, pay down debt, and save for the future.

At the same time, I am extremely pleased that the proposal makes investments in vital areas and that our schools and community colleges will see nearly $8 billion in new funding. As the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I am pleased to see that, even as the courts work to improve efficiencies, they will see an additional $180 million in new funding. However, as someone with a CSU and UC campus in their district, I am extremely concerned that there is insufficient additional funding for our UCs and CSUs included in this proposal – a cornerstone of the California dream.

The Governor’s proposal remains just that – a proposal. The budget decisions we make in times of plenty are just as important as those we make in times of adversity. We face tough decisions ahead as we seek the appropriate balance between fiscal responsibility and the wise investments necessary to secure a prosperous future for all Californians.”