Senate Leader de León and Budget Chair Mitchell on Passage of 2017-18 State Budget

Posted on 15 Jun 2017 for representative Kevin de Leon

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Senate Budget Chair Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) released the following statements regarding the Senate’s passage of the 2017-18 state budget. Learn more about key components of the budget agreement at focus.senate.ca.gov/budget. Senate Leader de León: “Our budget is balanced and on-time, protecting our state’s fiscal stability and spurring its economic growth. This is a budget for all Californians with historic investments in education and our state’s transportation infrastructure. I am grateful to Senator Holly Mitchell, whose leadership as Chair of the Senate Budget Committee was critical in getting this budget passed.” Senator Mitchell: “This is an example of California continuing to lead in helping to provide health care to all. This budget has something for everybody and provides a balanced perspective to areas important to Californians.” http://focus.senate.ca.gov/sites/focus.senate.ca.gov/files/budget/icons/5a.jpg Creating jobs, making roads safer. Accelerates $2.8 billion towards improving commutes, fixing roads, strengthening overpasses and bridges, and building mass transit. http://focus.senate.ca.gov/sites/focus.senate.ca.gov/files/budget/icons/3.jpg Prioritizing Public Education California’s budget spends a record amount on K-12 schools, raising per pupil spending to over $11,000 – the highest in California history. http://focus.senate.ca.gov/sites/focus.senate.ca.gov/files/budget/201506-IconGrad.png Encouraging Graduation from Higher Education We funded CalGrants and encouraged graduation with $25 million in completion grants at the Community Colleges and $12.5 million in graduation incentives at CSU. http://focus.senate.ca.gov/sites/focus.senate.ca.gov/files/budget/icons/6%20copy.jpg A Real Healthcare Plan While Congress hides its healthcare repeal, California’s budget directs $546 million towards healthcare access, family planning and care for the developmentally disabled. http://focus.senate.ca.gov/sites/focus.senate.ca.gov/files/budget/icon-kids.png Childcare Parents shouldn’t have to choose between going to work or taking care of their children. Senate Democrats fought to expand eligibility for childcare programs. http://focus.senate.ca.gov/sites/focus.senate.ca.gov/files/budget/icons/1.jpg On time. Balanced. Adds to Reserve. Democrats continue to lead an era of responsible, progressive and stable state budgeting that has grown our state’s economy. http://focus.senate.ca.gov/sites/focus.senate.ca.gov/files/budget/icons/2c.jpg California Values This budget reflects our values and invests in areas, people and programs that work. ###