Assemblymember O’Donnell Applauds and Expresses Disappointment in the Governor’s May Revision

Thursday, May 11, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement on the Governor’s FY 2017-18 May Revision:

“I applaud the Governor for living within our means while increasing funding for schools and withdrawing his January proposal to defer $860 million of Proposition 98 to the FY 2018-19 budget.  The May Revision is on the right track by increasing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), continuing with increases for early childhood education programs, and increasing one-time discretionary dollars by $750 million.  However, the Legislature should establish priorities for the discretionary dollars, such as incentives to address the teacher shortage. 

As a father of two school-age children, a teacher, and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I have strong concerns with the Governor’s proposal to suspend Proposition 98 in FY 2016-17 and in future years.  Even with the increase to LCFF, California’s funding for K-12 schools will still be in the lower echelon in comparison with other states.  

I am also strongly disappointed that the Governor did not withdraw his proposal to eliminate Middle Class Scholarships.  Our economy depends on the success of hard working families.”

Contact: Sophia Kwong Kim