Assemblymember Eggman’s statement on release of Gov. Brown’s budget proposal

Friday, January 9, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, released the following statement Friday on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for 2015-2016.

“As California’s economy recovers it’s important to balance investment in the state’s future against the need for continued fiscal prudence. This proposal is both prudent and forward-looking, continuing to pay off debt while addressing infrastructural needs and increasing investment in educating California’s children.

I share the governor’s commitment to holding the line against tuition increases at the University of California and look forward to working with the governor, from that shared perspective, to incorporate the Assembly’s vision for maintaining the affordability of a U.C. education.

As a representative of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, I welcome Gov. Brown’s proposed $1.1 billion for vital flood protection improvements. I expect that communities still in need of funding to meet state-mandated 200-year flood protection standards, like Stockton and San Joaquin County, will be first in line to receive that funding.

I commend the governor for proposing to increase funding for an expansion of the Aquatic Invasive Species program. Aquatic invasive species, and water hyacinth in particular, have proven a threat to the Delta’s beauty, to native species, recreation, tourism and even to the state’s water infrastructure.

There is still much work to do to ensure the budget serves the needs of all Californians, and doesn’t shirk those suffering from economic or other structural disadvantage.”