Assemblymember O’Donnell Responds to Governor’s May Revise: Says State Should Live Within Means and Invest in Education

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(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement today in response to the Governor’s 2016-2017 May Revise budget proposal:

“The Governor’s proposal reflects our shared commitment to achieving long term economic stability as we continue to strategically invest in California’s future.  Despite a growing economy, the state’s revenues fell nearly $1 billion short of projections – underscoring the essential role fiscal responsibility plays in drafting a sustainable spending plan. As a teacher during the recession, I experienced firsthand the devastation poor financial foresight had on our classrooms. Avoiding the boom-and-bust of past budget cycles demands we maintain a healthy rainy day reserve even as we seek to improve essential services.

As Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I know the smartest investment we can make is in our students. Access to quality public education is the key to unlocking our children’s potential and helps guarantee the success of tomorrow’s workforce.  The Governor’s calls to increase per-pupil spending and keep higher education tuition costs flat are steps in the right direction as we work to restore California’s reputation as a global leader in education.

I look forward to collaborating with my legislative colleagues to craft a morally responsible budget that is both strong enough to withstand economic uncertainty and delivers a high standard of life for all Californians.”

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