Mitchell Releases Statement On Governor's May Revise

May 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown will release his 2015-2016 revised spending proposal. State Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement:

“Revenue is surging. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office has estimated that revenue for the full year could exceed estimates by more than $4 billion. The budget is not simply a math problem. Our hands are not tied. The Legislature has options to use a significant portion of the funds to meet human needs.

“I welcome the news that the Governor recognized we must invest in families struggling to climb out of poverty and will include an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in his May Revision proposal. I look forward to thoughtfully analyzing the details, for example: Is the EITC refundable? What portion of the federal credit will be provided and to who?

“What I will look for in this May Revise:

A strategy to end poverty: The Earned Income Tax Credit is a beginning. My priority is implementing a five year strategy to end poverty with a focus on children and families in deep poverty. No one should be forced to try to raise their families in California on $9,537 a year.

Increased investment to end deep poverty: My  number one budget priority this year is ending the Maximum Family Grant Rule, which endangers the health and wellbeing of babies born into poverty, while deliberately limiting the reproductive choices and violating the privacy of poor women.

Reinvestment in Early Care and Education: I support the Legislative Women’s Caucus call to invest at least $600 million in early care and education to begin restoring the 97,000 child care slots lost during the Great Recession, through balanced investment in access for additional children and families to programs that provide full-time care,  that serve parents who work varied schedules and that offer fair pay for child care providers.

Reinvestment in the human services and safety net programs that offer families and seniors a fighting chance to live beyond the desperate demands of the moment and invest in every child’s future.”