Speaker pro Tem Mullin’s Statement on Governor Brown’s May Revise

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sacramento - Governor Brown released his revised budget earlier today. Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) released the following statement in response:

“The Governor’s budget revisions continue to champion a fiscally prudent approach to the State budget based on revenue projections and continued uncertainty around the economic impact California could experience based on a decline in revenue and/or significant changes to the level of federal funding the state may receive.

I am extremely pleased with the “fix it first” investments in California’s Transportation system which allocates the first  $2.8 billion in new funding for the repair of neighborhood roads, state highways and bridges as well as key investments in trade and commute corridors. This new funding will also match locally generated funds for high-priority transportation projects and invest in passenger rail and public transit modernization. This allocation of funding should help move the needle on two projects I’ve helped champion; the Highway 101 improvements and Caltrain electrification.

While the May Revise will pay down debt, support education and child care and increase the Rainy Day Fund, the Governor’s intransigence on housing is frustrating. Once again we are left without any significant plan to address the affordable housing crisis that plagues the entire state and our region in particular. I will continue to work with my Legislative colleagues to provide leadership and advance legislation that seeks to alleviate the extreme lack of affordable housing.

As a member of the Budget Committee and the Assembly Leadership team, I look forward to working with the Governor on crafting and passing an on-time balanced budget by the June 15 deadline.”