Senator Wieckowski’s comment on Governor Brown’s budget proposal

January 9, 2015

Fremont – Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) issued the following statement on Governor Brown’s proposed budget for 2015-2016.

“Governor Brown’s proposed budget clearly shows the tremendous comeback California has made since 2010 with targeted cuts, Prop. 30 and a growing economy.  Instead of a $26 billion deficit and 12 percent unemployment rate when I first arrived to the Legislature, we now have one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation, four consecutive balanced budgets and the will to confront major challenges facing our state.

“In the past four years, the Legislature and Governor have reformed K-12 education finance, implemented the Affordable Care Act, passed public safety realignment and placed both the water bond and Rainy Day Fund propositions before voters.

“Maintaining California’s growing economy is a top priority and this budget’s investments in K-14 education and workforce training will help us achieve that goal.  The budget includes a four percent increase to the UC and CSU and I support the Senate Democrats effort to keep higher education accessible and affordable.

“As chairman of the Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee, I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues on investing cap-and-trade revenue to help grow our clean economy and reduce carbon emissions in California. 

“This budget is the first step of a six-month process and I will continue to support proposals that make the necessary investments in education, protect our environment and broaden our prosperity.”