Bonta Issues Statement on Governor’s Proposed 2017-2018 Budget

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) released a statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown's proposed Budget for 2017-18.

"The Governor's budget takes a cautious view of the state's revenue picture. While that is a wise approach, we must carefully prioritize how we spend our limited funds."

K-12 Education:

"I'm pleased to see the Governor has proposed additional spending for education. This is truly an investment and not an expense. We must prepare our children to be the thoughtful, informed and bold leaders of tomorrow. California's innovative leadership in fields like technology, agriculture, aerospace, and the arts will continue only with our aggressive commitment to funding education."

Affordable Housing:

"I'm disappointed the Governor has chosen to pull back $400 million in already approved funding for affordable housing. There are few issues more critical to the well-being of Californians. As the Governor noted, we cannot solve this problem quickly, but we must move forward with bold and fully-funded strategies to help hard-working Californians have a safe and affordable place to live. Too many people are being forced to pay more than half of their income simply to put a roof over their heads and do not have enough money left over to put food on the table for their families. We must do better. And I pledge to work with my colleagues and the Governor to bring about this needed change."

Protecting Immigrants:

"This proposed budget contains no additional funding to protect California's undocumented immigrants. We must adequately fund the components of AB 3 which will help protect immigrants from the mass deportations threatened by the incoming Presidential administration. My legislation will invest in regional and statewide resource centers to ensure public defenders have access to an even greater network of support services for providing better legal representation to undocumented immigrants. By better understanding the impact of state judicial proceedings on a person's immigration status, attorneys and their clients will be able to more effectively protect their ability to remain in California. California is a state of immigrants. We know immigrants make our state more prosperous and more vibrant. They are valued and valuable Californians. I am committed to doing everything possible to ensure families are not torn apart. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the
Governor to come up with a strong and sound budget that will provide for and protect our vulnerable and fearful immigrant community at one of the most critical moments in our history."

Child Care:

"I'm concerned about the Governor's proposal to eliminate new funding for child care. The Governor's budget would prevent almost 3,000 children from attending state child care programs. This would have a serious negative impact on working families. As a state, California cannot continue to be prosperous and progressive without investing in our precious future. We owe it to our children to get them off to a strong, early start in life and that includes funding for child care. I will fight alongside my colleagues to see that we don't shortchange our children."

Bail Reform:

"I'm also committed to passing bail reform and ending institutional discrimination against Californians simply for being poor. Our bill would enhance pre-trial services at courthouses throughout the state. This will ensure persons who get arrested will be appropriately and objectively evaluated for their ability to be released pending trial while not sacrificing critical public safety. We expect long term savings as a result of the reforms."

Medical Workforce Cuts:

"I'm disappointed the Governor has eliminated funding for a critical law to help train more primary care physicians to meet the health and medical needs of Californians, particularly in underserved communities. By cutting $33 million approved by the legislature from the current fiscal year and eliminating any future funding, we are moving backwards in our ability to address the shortage of primary care physicians in a growing state."

Conclusion:

"This is the beginning of the process to craft a spending plan that reflects our California priorities and values. I look forward to a healthy discussion that leads to an outcome that is fiscally responsible and worthy of our great state."

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.