Bonta Responds to Governor Brown’s State of the State Address

Thursday, January 23, 2014

(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) made the following statement in response to Governor Brown's State of the State Address:

"The Governor laid out a vision for the state of California consistent with the plan he proposed in his state budget earlier this month. I think Governor Brown did a great job of sending a balanced message that both celebrated the great successes and progress of the state in recent years while also embracing the need to address serious challenges ahead.

"On a positive note, Governor Brown spoke about the 1 million new jobs created since 2010, the multi-billion dollar budget surpluses in recent years, the increase of the minimum wage to $10 an hour, driver's licenses for undocumented members of our community, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula which made a fundamental shift in the way we approach education finance and support our public schools.

"In a cautionary tone, Brown also mentioned some of the remaining challenges and proposed some potential solutions. For example, he discussed our state's infrastructure needs (our buildings and our roads), our pension costs going forward, and the unpredictability and challenges of climate change. As a potential solution and a way to promote fiscal health, he set forth his vision of a rainy day fund, which is a prudent idea and, I believe, would be widely supported.

"However, I represent the East Bay, which includes Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro. Oakland, in particular, has been ravaged by gun violence. This part of my District has suffered from additional gun deaths just this week and an Oakland mother lost two of her sons to gun violence this month.

"I wish the Governor had addressed the issue of neighborhood crime and public safety, which is a top priority of mine as the Chair of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay and I believe it should be a top priority for our state. While he didn't talk about this today, I know it's personally important to him and I will continue to have ongoing discussions with the Governor and his staff to ensure that we are doing all we can to increase public safety and protect our children and communities from gun violence.

"It's an exciting time to be in the Legislature and I look forward to working with Governor Brown on his plan to move California forward to greatness once again," Bonta concluded.

Contact: Amy Alley (916) 319-2387