Sacramento – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, issued the following statement regarding today’s release of Governor Brown’s proposed budget:
“I want to thank the Governor for his thoughtful budget proposal. As the Governor said, ‘we saw the boom and the bust and I’m trying to avoid that.’ I couldn’t agree more and believe fiscal prudence will be the new norm.
This budget proposes to increase funding for K-12 education, clearly a priority for Californians, while at the same time having $2.8 billion in our rainy day reserve. Eliminating the payment deferrals to our schools, giving the Local Control Funding formula an additional $4 billion, and investing in career technical and adult education are all positive steps.
Now it is time for the Legislature to go through its public process of listening to our constituents and shaping the budget. Some of what the Governor proposed needs further study, for example, his new school facilities program. But overall the good news is that California fiscal house is back in order and we are able to both invest in education and save money.”
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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.