Assemblymember Eggman responds to governor’s May budget revision

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, released the following statement upon the presentation by Gov. Jerry Brown, of his revised budget proposal:

“The Assembly called for a budget this year that would relieve poverty, invest in education at all levels, but also build reserves, pay down debt and put money down on California’s acute need for transportation infrastructure.

The revised budget released today by Gov. Brown is consistent with many of those.

Among the highlights: The governor and the Assembly gave a strong, clear message earlier this year that we would hold the line against increases in tuition at the University of California.
We kept that promise. The governor has secured agreement from the U.C. not to raise tuition and to implement pension reform. That does not mean, however, that the Assembly will relax its scrutiny of the U.C.’s budget. This revision also increases funding for K-12 schools, special education, and public universities.

Also, as the joint author, with Assemblyman Mark Stone, of a bill this year to offer an Earned Income Tax Credit to California’s working families, I am excited to see the governor proposes to do the same. This will provide immediate relief to those who need it most, and in turn circulate more money back through the economy.

This proposal gives the Assembly a good start on the work we need to do over the coming weeks to ensure this budget does the best it can for the people of California.”