Senator Wieckowski's response to the Governor's 2016-2017 budget proposal

January 7, 2016

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2016-2017 budget proposal.  The Governor’s budget can be found at www.ebudget.ca.gov.

“California has seen an amazing turnaround since emerging out of the Great Recession.  By making tough choices and confronting our big challenges, we have strengthened our finances and built up our reserves.  The Governor’s budget continues this trend and makes crucial investments in key programs. 

“The hard choices we made during the recession and our improving economy now provide us the opportunity to broaden the number of Californians who can benefit from this prosperity.  As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I know the state must take a greater role in funding legal aid to improve equal access to our judicial system and the fair administration of justice.  These services help low-income families escape domestic violence, avoid homelessness and resolve many other problems that threaten the health and safety of families and children. A 2013 report found there are nearly 10,000 legal-aid-eligible Californians for every one legal aid attorney.  This serious lack of funding makes serving those in need extremely difficult and creates a structure where the financial resources of a party are more likely than the merits of an issue to determine an outcome. 

“The Governor said today’s budget proposal represents his first cut at the 2016-2017 process.  I look forward to working with my colleagues and the administration on legal aid and other issues to make sure all Californians benefit from our improved economy.” 

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes southern Alameda County and northeast Santa Clara County.

 

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