Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Budget Committee Chair Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the main budget bill yesterday:
“Today the Senate passed a strong budget that stands on its own and meets our constitutional deadline for passing a balanced budget by June 15.
“When the final votes are taken, we believe the end result will be the strongest budget package in perhaps decades, a bold and responsible budget that does significant things for the people of California, including:
$460 million in small business tax cuts
Highest levels of school funding in state history
Increased enrollment and CSU and UC with no tuition increases
Lower health care costs for middle-income Californians
“We are proud of the work our Senate colleagues have done on the budget. We look forward to finalizing the remaining parts of the agreement with the Assembly and Governor as quickly as possible.”