(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) today released the following response to the Governor’s 2015-2016 May Revise budget proposal:
As a teacher and chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I am pleased to see the Governor’s May Revise budget includes an additional $5.5 billion for our schools.
The recovery of California’s economy has also allowed us to speed up the full implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula and I’m happy to see the Governor recommends investing an additional $2.1 billion into the program. The Governor’s proposal reflects that our schools continue to be California’s top priority.
Though California has seen an increase in revenue, I know firsthand the difficulty of cutting programs when the economy sours. Dedicating an additional $600 million to the Rainy Day Fund is a smart decision.
Finally, I’m relieved that a compromise has been worked out with the University of California that will avoid a tuition hike for Californian students moving on to college. However, it is important to recognize the great work of the California State University system and we must ensure they have the money needed to continue serving students.
Moving forward, I will be collaborating with my legislative colleagues to enact a balanced and morally responsible budget that will have a lasting positive impact on California’s future.”
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.