Assemblymember O’Donnell Welcomes Governor’s Budget Proposal

For immediate release:

(LONG BEACH) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement today in response to the Governor’s proposed budget for the coming year.

“The Governor’s proposal offers an excellent foundation for the Legislature to once again deliver a budget that balances fiscal prudence with thoughtful investments in California’s future. This includes increasing the state’s Rainy Day Fund to $8 billion while paying down our debts and liabilities.  The proposal also provides $2.8 billion in new funding for K-12 education, representing a boost of nearly $3,600 in per-pupil spending over 2011-12 levels. These increases are possible as a direct result of the measured budgeting policies in recent years that emphasize the need to live within our means.

As a father, teacher, and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I firmly believe our state’s first commitment must be to our children. Restoring California’s reputation as a global leader in education will ensure our workforce remains competitive as today’s students grow to be tomorrow’s business leaders, opinion makers, and technological innovators.

I look forward to working with my colleagues to craft a responsible budget that reflects our shared priorities to safeguard against the boom-and-bust of past cycles and foster economic progress for generations to come.”

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.