“California’s economy is growing and revenues projections are strong, but we cannot afford complacency or carelessness. Too many families have been left out of our resurgence, and recent history reminds us that we need to be prepared for a sudden downturn.” Senate leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) offered her statement regarding Gov. Jerry Brown’s May revision to the proposed state budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year:
“The Governor’s updated proposal provides a strong starting point. Senate Democrats support the administration’s proposals to fill the Rainy Day Fund, expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, and invest in infrastructure, mental health and homelessness programs. We’re also pleased that our investments in education will continue to increase this budget year.
“We have a solid framework in place to build for the future. But we also have to lift up the families that are struggling now. We will work with the Governor and our Assembly colleagues to craft a budget that is responsible, honest, and makes progress for the people of California.”
Senate Budget Committee Chair, Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), said “Clearly the state is on solid economic footing, as demonstrated by both our revenues and reserves. I commend the stewardship of California’s budget by both the Legislature and the administration. The governor has laid out a good working foundation that will allow us to support local governments in our mutual efforts to address homelessness, mental health and infrastructure needs.
“I look forward to the opportunity to continue to build on the governor’s proposal to ensure the state budget is a reflection of our values in which all Californians can thrive.”