Senator Wieckowski's statement on the state budget

June 15, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a member of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statement on Senate passage of the 2017-2018 state budget.

“This budget creates jobs through a real infrastructure plan, increases per pupil funding for the sixth straight year, makes substantial investments in health care, and expands legal aid funding when it is under serious threat from Washington.  It is a strong, on-time budget that reflects the state’s values, while also building reserves for a rainy day. 

“We recognize that not all Californians have benefited equally in our economic gains, and by expanding the state Earned Income Tax Credit, we are extending a hand up to thousands of needy families. I also recognize that laws don’t mean much if there’s no one to enforce them when they’re broken.  That’s why I am especially pleased that we are providing an additional $20 million over two years for legal aid to the poor who cannot afford legal representation.

“By budgeting these increases to the Equal Access Fund, we will expand the number of Californians who can resolve their legal troubles and obtain services more efficiently.  Seniors with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and elder financial abuse victims will benefit from having a legal service provider guide them through our judicial system or avoid it altogether.  I am proud to help champion this expansion of funding that will assist many families across the state. 

“As chair of the Environmental Quality Committee, I am also pleased that we are building our resiliency to climate change and making a multi-million dollar commitment over several years to help entities such as the Bay Conservation Development Commission collaborate with local governments on climate adaptation projects.

“As the session continues I look forward to accomplishing more for California, including working with my colleagues and the Governor on extending the Cap and Trade system in SB 775 to enable us to achieve our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.”