Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed 2018-19 budget earlier today and Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) released the following statement in response:
“Governor Brown’s 2018-19 budget proposal reflects his prudent, balanced approach to spending and debt reduction and also reflects the ongoing uncertainty California faces as a result of changing federal policies. Under Governor Brown’s leadership, we have moved from a $25.5 billion deficit to a healthy one-time budget surplus with increased funding for education, health care and transportation.
As it does every year, the Governor’s proposed budget brings everyone to the starting line to begin the budget making process. The Governor’s final budget proposal of $131.7 billion will fully fund K-12 schools two years ahead of schedule and allocates $4.6 billion for transportation improvements as part of SB1. It also fully funds the Rainy Day Fund with $15 billion in total reserves.
As a member of the Assembly’s Budget Committee, I am confident that once again, we will work in collaboration with the Governor’s Office and the Senate to craft and pass a responsible, on-time, balanced budget that ensures stability, expands opportunity and meets the needs of the people of California.”