The work begins on California's multi-billion-dollar budget
Gov. Brown this week released his proposed 2018-19 budget and, as chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, I look forward to working with the administration to ensure that we continue to make investments in the people of California.
To do this, I will continue to emphasize that the budget is a value statement which reflects the state’s priorities for its resources. The governor’s budget shows some positive investments related to education, special education, increased funding to the local control funding formula, Career Technical Education Funding at the community colleges and repairs to prison infrastructure to make it more habitable and humane.
As it relates to poverty and income inequality, the governor stated that unlike other states, California has a good system of support, but it is modest. Here, however, modesty is not good enough. I will therefore work to see more increases in SSI COLAs, and investments in human services, particularly as it relates to deep poverty and CalWORKs. In addition, the need that working parents have for child care is immense and more funding is essential.
For more, watch the press conference where Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and I respond to the governor’s budget. You can read my statement, which includes four audio soundbites at the bottom.
We will now soon begin the detailed work of analyzing the impacts to existing programs, government operations and services. As always, please feel free to reach out to let me know your budget priorities.
Holly J. Mitchell
Senator, 30th District