Senator DeSaulnier, Assemblywoman Bonilla Release Statements on Governor Brown’s Proposed Budget

January 9, 2014 22:41 pm · 28 comments

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.”

To read more about the proposed budget, please click ON THIS LINK.

Shopper January 10, 2014 at 4:10 AM

So DeSaulnier is delusional that there’s a “surplus” and is happy we’re spending more money…

..and Bonilla congratulates herself for helping spend the money we don’t have.

Alright, raise your hand if you’re actually surprised their statements were this scripted. Anyone? Bueller?

Good job January 10, 2014 at 6:02 AM

cleaning up a mess our previous geniuses
left, good work.

Anon January 10, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Remember these are the idiots who “spent us” into this problem in the first place.

AssemblyPerson So&So (D) January 10, 2014 at 6:47 AM

Gov. Brown has done a fantastic job implementing my ideas into this budget. It’s been a pleasure working with the wonderfully progressive democrats in the state to continue to improve things for union members, working famillies (aka those on assistance) and to continue to siphon money from productive families. We’ve done a great job and my lips are chapped from kissing myself so much.

Demo Verbocity January 10, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Ha! DeSaulnier’s comment is one paragraph, Bonilla’s is three. The inverse ratio of substance to blather remains in tact–the more political the animal, the more words that get slung.

. January 10, 2014 at 8:12 AM

And you know who elected them….and who will continue to elect them.

Interesting that the one touting education is the one who depends on the uneducated ones for votes – or the ones who refuse to educate themselves.

Cy Nical January 10, 2014 at 8:32 AM

In other news, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla:is now on disability for a shoulder injury from patting herself on the back.

AssemblyPerson So&So (D) January 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

They created a bunch of services (e.g. giveaways) to gather votes, then went broke. Afterward a proposition passes to get more money from us and now they are the heroes! What a great job!

What a bunch of BS. Give the state two years and we’ll be crying broke again because the rich don’t pay their fair share…

anonymous January 10, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Someone once posted we have 12% of the US population and 33% of welfare costs. Is this right?

. January 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM


Love it! Thanks for making my day!

Jim January 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

In typical Bonilla style…patting herself on the back in the same sentence…Common core has been call some of the worst legislation ever to come out of Washington…and has Brown done anything to fund the billions in unfunded pentions?….He’s gonna need a rainy day fund and then a government bail out…surplus…the dems in Sac need to take their comedy on the road…oh and then not come back

Julie January 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

@ anonymous-9

I don’t know about welfare, but I volunteer at the Food Bank, and only 50% of California residents who are eligible for Food Stamps actually apply, where other states are much higher. CA has the lowest percentage of eligible people on Food Stamps.

CA isn’t as much of a “welfare state” as people think. We just have the highest population. There’s a difference.

The Mamba January 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

So, we should expect no more excuses if California’s schools don’t start performing better, correct?

Foonman January 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

How much was earmarked in this budget, set aside for the “Bullet train”? Anyone know?

Jim January 10, 2014 at 11:09 AM

@ Julie…you need to stop drinking the Kool-aid…here’s the facts…

34% Of the nation’s welfare recipients live in California but only …

12%… of the U.S. population resides here.

so how can you say this is not a welfare state?
AND if we take your logic that only 50% actual eleigable people are on Welfare…then if the other 50% suddenly decided to apply.. How do you suppose we’d pay for it?…we have the some of the highest taxes in the country…would you like 100% of your income takne and then the government will give you back what they deem “you deserve”?

BTW…that’s 34% of the nations welfare recipients…not state

Maybe next time a google search would help you be more informed

Marcus January 10, 2014 at 11:36 AM

@ Jim—15

Re-read Julie’s post, and learn how to spell eligible.

She said she “didn’t know about welfare”, but she stated that 50% of eligible people in CA are on food stamps.

She’s talking about food stamps, and you’re talking about welfare.

Just be thankful that 100% of Californians who are eligible aren’t on food stamps.

If you don’t like CA, move out!

#1 NRA fan and member January 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

If we have a surplus they should GIVE IT BACK!!!!! It’s OUR money, NOT THEIRS… stupid politicians…

Susanne January 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM

This is a spectacular idea. Investing in current education is an investment of the future. I hope this proposition passes.

Idiocracy January 10, 2014 at 11:51 AM

No Marcus the lames that can’t afford to live here and mooch off of the rest of us who actually work need to Move out! Most of us who bust our tails doing a hard days work are sick of this. I have solutions and they aint pretty but they are solutions. #1 no more government help after 1 year … the war on poverty has failed. Good ol Darwinism will sort it out period. You don’t work you don’t survive ….the only exception is disability and old age some old school ben franklin, that guy was a genius

Keith January 10, 2014 at 11:59 AM

So we have a disproportionate amount of people on welfare, and a much lower percentage of people on food stamps.

It all works out in the wash. I don’t know any of these people, and if they need help with food or cash to raise their kids, as long as it isn’t fraud (and I’m sure a lot of it is), it doesn’t change my life one bit.

I make enough money and so does my wife. Our kids are grown. I pay my taxes and leave it at that.

Jim, quit worrying about it. Relax!

. January 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM

@#1 NRA Fan #17….

C’mon… they’re the gov’t. they know how to spend/invest it “better” than you do. Just ask them….

\sarcasm off\

RANDOM TASK January 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM

really so now you believe everything they say ………have you not learned anything. Rejoice a surplus appears and now the things we have wanted done for years will get done right away….roads fixed …criminals in jail……solar for everyone ……wow demifornia is on track now …….NOT….#17 yeah why is there a surplus and if there is what about this supposed short term tax hike that was voted in ……..well as we all know when they say a short term tax hike they never give it back. But keep up your gold claps and cheers as you slam this state in the ground by allowing officials to do things as they see fit ….like stupid train that will bring more criminals to a hot spot ( need I say bart to Antioch ) yeah that worked sank the sunvalley mall and surrounding areas as well as increased crime up 60% … they want to make a train to bring in 400% more crime by hooking up with the worst area because why ………well lets look no further than the new bridge …no lessons learned because It went exactly the way they wanted it …..stole 3 times the amount from tax payers lined every politicians pockets for years …. even got a sort of whistle blower hack his name on the western span ……and the money raised from 3 increases of pay tolls went to the MTC TO MOVE TO S.F. PAY WAY OVER MARKET AND GUT A PLACE …..all at our expense even though their building was fine and the money was not even for them to use ……or rather not supposed to be they told us it was for the bridge and road repairs anyone see any road repairs in the last 20 years ……..keep your heads in the ground as you will be in the perfect position for them to take advantage of you for 50 more years …………enjoy

. January 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

@random #22..

Don’t forget the bullet train to nowhere….

Antonio January 10, 2014 at 12:28 PM

@ Idiocracy—19

Since you can’t force others to move, if you don’t like California, or anything going on here, you’ll have to move yourself.

Aren’t there limits on welfare these days? I thought Clinton had something to do with that.

I grew up POOR, and we were never on welfare or food stamps, but as I look back, I wish we’d been on something.

I went to bed hungry all the time, and it SUCKED! My parents had too much pride to go to food pantries. We could’ve used the help.

My wife and I are college graduates (she didn’t grow up poor) so we don’t have to raise our kids the way I was raised.

Going without SUCKS, and I understand why people get help.

But I do think any type of Gov. assistance should be a temporary situation, not a way of life.

Jim January 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

@ Marcus..I did re-read her post and yes she mentions food stamps but when did food stamps not become a piece of welfare…they’re just printed off your computer just for the asking…I see?….oh that’s right….food stamps IS part of welfare…it’s just a seperate department so we can hire more government workers….welfare = food stamps, etc…Hope that helps you feel better and sleep at night

Mitch January 10, 2014 at 3:13 PM

@ Jim—-#25

Let me see if I can explain this to you. Julie is talking about Food Stamps, which is an EBT debit card, for food purchases ONLY.

Welfare is cash payments (AFDC, General Assistance, etc.).

AFDC is Aid For Dependent Children, and General Assistance is for indigent adults.

I have no idea if the same office issues these, nor do I care.

I guess we have too many people on cash welfare, and not enough of those who are eligible for food stamps.


Because one is cash (something everybody wants), and the other is free food, which according to statistics, isn’t as desirable.


Marcus January 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM

@ Mitch~~~26

For someone who lives in Lafayette, you got this all down packed, my brother!

You know when Mother’s Day in the hood is?

Not in May, but the day the welfare checks hit the ghetto.

You might need to know this, in case you ever meet Jim.

@Marcus January 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Before you condescend to call someone out on his spelling, why don’t you read your first post again and learn that commas and periods always go in between quotation marks?

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