Senator Wieckowski's statement on passage of the 2019-2020 state budget

June 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a member of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statement on the Senate’s approval of the 2019-2020 state budget.

“This is a responsible and strong budget that provides assistance to low- and middle-income families by lowering costs for families enrolled in Covered California, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and making large investments in child care and K-12 education, including the highest level of per pupil funding in history.  It also creates 15,000 additional spots for students in the University of California and California State University systems and includes additional funding for competitive Cal Grants.

“To combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the budget makes sizeable investments in clean vehicle rebates, clean trucks, buses and freight equipment. It also improves our emergency preparedness and our ability to both prevent and fight wildfires.

“It includes more than $2 billion for housing and investments to aid the homeless.  Despite these investments, the budget includes the largest reserves in history and pays off the “wall of debt” from the Great Recession.  By taking these steps, the budget reduces the pressure to make cuts into critical services during the next downturn.”

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