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Gov. Jerry Brown: California's Budget Deficit is Gone

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By BVN Staff

CALIFORNIA - Gov. Jerry Brown said this past week that California faces no budget deficit for the first time since the recession.

He maintained that the state still faces fiscal risks, but that California’s new budget, “…is a breakthrough.”

A balanced budget for California is good news for the state’s institutions of higher education. The University of California and California State University systems will receive an additional $250 million in the proposed budget which would restore cuts made during the fiscal crisis.

In his response to the new budget projections, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez praised the governor’s budget plan: “This is a proposal that clearly shows California has turned the corner. The Governor’s budget is sober, restrained and forward thinking, and I believe it’s a solid foundation for the budget process. I am looking forward to thorough and insightful public hearings as we work with the Governor to adopt the final budget by our Constitutional deadline.”

When California Governor Brown was elected in 2010, he faced a $26 billion shortfall, according to the Sacramento Bee. The new budget announcement includes a modest surplus in addition to increased spending for education.

Local elected officials respond:

Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) stated: “The Governor’s budget plan reflects the fact that while California’s economy is on the mend, we still face a year of difficult choices,” said Medina. “As Chair of the Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee, I am committed to looking at ways to promote job creation in the state and avoid cuts that will hurt our recovery.

As a former teacher and member of the Higher Education Committee, I am proud to see revenue increases being dedicated to education. The Governor’s plan proposes new regulations for enterprise zones, and I am open to looking closely at the issue and making sure it receives a full vetting process.

I am looking forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues to produce an on-time budget that reflects the values of my district and California by our June 15th deadline.”

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) stated: “The Governor’s budget gives us a blueprint for fiscal responsibility and provides more funding and local control to K-12 and community colleges where the students will reap the benefits. In keeping with the Affordable Health Care Act, the budget also sets a framework for health care reform while paying down our debt. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we move forward in the budget process.”

NEED TRANSITION

California Latino Legislative Caucus Chair Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Vice Chair, Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez (D-Coachella) released the statements below following Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s release of his proposed state budget:

“In past budget years the most vulnerable communities have disproportionally been affected by the burden of our state’s debt and economic instability,” said Senator Ricardo Lara. “Working families have had a harder time gaining access to essential services for a quality life, our children have dealt with overcrowded classrooms, and our young adults have been forced to pay higher college tuitions or drop out. The Governor’s budget proposal which prioritizes education is a step in the right direction to addressing these issues. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues in the legislature to develop a sustainable plan that will ensure the success of our state’s future.”

“The Governor’s budget proposal builds on the fiscal stability we have achieved, and it’s a good starting point,” said state Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez, Vice Chair.

“I am pleased that education and health care are prioritized, as both are so critical to helping Latinos achieve the American Dream. I will be reading carefully through the proposal looking particularly at impacts on rural communities, local economic development, and struggling families. It’s vital that we continue on a path that supports economic recovery and helps more of our families gain a foothold in the middle class, helping to restore California’s historic promise as a state of opportunity for all.”

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