Senator Wieckowski's response to Governor Brown's State of the State Address

January 21, 2016

Sacramento - Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today issued the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address.

“Governor Brown is right.  ‘There’s much to be thankful for.’  The State of the State is stronger than it’s been in several years. We are increasing our investment into education, which is critical to our future economic growth and to making sure we have a skilled workforce.  We are keeping tuition flat for California’s undergraduate students and increasing K-12 per pupil spending to $14,550 under the Governor’s budget.  We are making historic gains in the number of Californians with health care coverage and we have partially increased our investments in the courts.

“But while there is much to be thankful for, there is also much to do.  We need to continue our focus on income inequality and attacking poverty in California.  Along these lines, I’m carrying SB 308 to reform our bankruptcy laws to help those families and seniors in dire straits hold on to their homes and other essential possessions. 

“I am also advocating for increased legal aid investing to provide more access to our courts for low-income Californians.  With a modest boost in funding, we can make sure our judicial system is accessible to all Californians regardless of income.

“I look forward to working with Governor Brown and my legislative colleagues to build on the substantial progress that we’ve made during the past five years.”

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