Bonta Responds to Governor’s Proposed Budget

Thursday, January 7, 2016

(Sacramento, CA) –Today, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) released a statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed Budget for 2016-17.

California’s recent budgets have successfully moved our state from the depths of recession, giving the Legislature and Governor a fiscally sound foundation from which to lift up California's children, working families, and those in deep poverty. The investments made by the Governor’s proposal in early childhood education are laudable, but insufficient given the well-documented life-changing impact of preschool on children from low-income communities. As housing costs continue to skyrocket, working families and those on fixed incomes are being forced out of their homes and neighborhoods and require greater support. And our poorest Californians who rely on Medi-Cal for their health, as well as other critical safety net programs, continue to struggle with access to the services they need to survive.

We can and we must do more.

I look forward to additional discussion with the Governor and working with my colleagues in the Assembly and the Senate to craft a final budget that lifts up all in California.

Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. Bonta Chairs the Assembly Health Committee, the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, and in the second Extraordinary Session, the Public Health and Developmental Services Committee. He is also a member of the following committees: Appropriations, Budget, Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services, Joint Legislative Budget, Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, Natural Resources, and Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security.