Senator Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla both released statements on Governor Brown’s proposed budget.
Senator Mark DeSaulnuer:
“Governor Brown’s proposed budget is a responsible, prudent plan for California. His proposal wisely uses our surplus to tackle our debt, reinvest in education, and save money for the future. Billions in additional funds for K-12 public education—as well as increased funding for our public university systems—will help working families now and pay dividends for years to come. The Governor’s proposals to pay down the debt and create a rainy day fund will help create long-term economic stability for our state. After years of making tough cuts, it is refreshing to engage in a budget discussion focused on reinvestment.”
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla:
“The Governor’s budget proposal devotes special attention to helping schools transition to the new Smarter Balanced Assessments by designating $46.5 million to implement AB 484, which I authored, to establish a more advanced student assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English-language arts and mathematics beginning in the 2014-15 school year. These new, computer-based assessments reflect the real world knowledge needed for young people to succeed in college and careers.
Additionally, the Governor is further reinvesting in education by closing the gap on remaining deferrals to K-12 schools, boosting Prop 98 funding by $10 billion, and continuing to implement the Local Control Funding Formula to provide school districts with a higher level of base funding while also providing additional resources for low income students, English language learners and foster youth.
Finally, one thing we’ve learned over the past several years is how volatile our state economy can be with alternating boom and bust cycles.
That’s why it’s critically important to continue to save in years when revenues are high in order to ride out the lean years and avoid cuts to education and social services in the future.”
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