Jackson Releases Statement on Governor's Budget Proposal

January 09, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2014-15 Proposed Budget, a starting point for months of review and discussions in the State Legislature. In response, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement:

“Though our deficits are behind us and our budget situation remains the strongest it has been in a decade, I commend Governor Brown for advocating a prudent and responsible course that includes paying off debts, planning for the future, and establishing a more robust rainy day fund.

At the same time, I am extremely pleased that the proposal makes investments in vital areas, including transportation, healthcare, and the environment, and includes nearly $10 billion in additional funding for our schools and community colleges.

Though this budget proposal includes an additional $105 million for the court system, I am concerned that this remains far too little to restore a justice system that has been so decimated by cuts that access to justice is being denied.

The Governor’s proposal remains just that– a proposal. As a member of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, I look forward to the hard work and constructive back-and-forth that will lead to the development of a final budget this summer, one that establishes our priorities and thoughtfully yet boldly advances the future of our state.”