Salas Issues Statement on California Budget

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Legislature passes $127.5 billion budget for 2017-18

SACRAMENTO – Today, the legislature approved the Budget Act of 2017.  The $127.5 billion proposal pays down debt and grows the state’s rainy day fund while making significant investments in education, water infrastructure, public safety, and health care.  

“This budget includes investments that will directly benefit hard working Central Valley families and continue to build a strong middle class.” said Assemblymember Salas.  “To improve Kern County’s ability to transfer and store water more efficiently, $4 million is included to improve water infrastructure along with funding for safe drinking water,” added Salas.  “The budget also protects critical funding for career technical education and programs like Future Farmers of America.  In addition, the budget will restore funding for California’s Independent Living Centers which we fought hard to protect from being cut.”    

Highlights of the 2017-18 budget proposal:

Water

  • $12 million to assist communities without safe drinking water.
  • $4 million to fund the Friant-Kern Reverse Flow Pump Back Project.
  • $111 million for dam safety.  

Education

  • $74.5 billion for K-12 funding.
  • $25 million for increased eligibility for childcare and pre-school.
  • $20.5 for increased CSU enrollment.
  • $15.4 million to maintain educational programs like Future Farmers of America.
  • $4.1 million for Agricultural Career Technical Incentive Grant.
  • $5 million to create or expand campus veteran resource centers.

Public Safety

  • $20 million for homeless youth programs and victims of human trafficking.
  • $9.5 million for “CalVIP” California Violence Intervention, and Prevention Program.

Health and Human Services

  • $546 million for Medi-Cal rate increases for physicians and dentists.
  • $31 million for Child Care Bridge for Foster Care.
  • $705,000 for Independent Living Centers (ILC), including ILC of Kern County.

For additional details on the state budget please visit http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/