Salas Issues Statement on Governor’s Budget

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Governor Brown Releases 2017-2018 Proposal

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2017-2018 state budget proposal that eliminates a projected $2 billion deficit and bolsters the state’s Rainy Day Fund while continuing to invest in core programs.

“I am pleased that the Governor has proposed to exercise discretion and prudence with our state budget,” said Assemblymember Salas. “The proposal keeps the budget balanced and pays down debt while protecting funding for major priorities like education, health care, water, and infrastructure. I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues to help build a California focused on growing jobs and a strong economy.”

“This year’s budget will be the most difficult that we have faced since 2012,” said Governor Brown in a statement.  “The surging tide of revenue increases that we enjoyed the past few years appears to have turned.  Instead, we now face a budget deficit of $2 billion. While this amount pales in comparison to the $27 billion deficit we faced in 2011, it demands our attention.”

Highlights of the Governor’s 2017-18 State Budget include funding for the following:

Water

  • $178.7 million additional one‑time funding for immediate response to drought impacts
  • $5 million to provide emergency drinking water support for small communities
  • $248 million for integrated regional water management projects
  • $1.9 million increase to support technical review of water storage project proposals

Education

  • $73.5 billion for K-14 funding
  • $31.9 billion for higher education
  • $744 million for school district and charter school transition to Local Control Funding
  • $200 million for Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program

Public Safety

  • $11.3 billion for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • $5.7 million to implement Proposition 57

Health Care

  • $34 billion in state funding for health and human services programs
  • Increased costs from $888 million to nearly $1.6 billion for Medi-Cal with expected increase of enrollment to 4.1 million Californians

 
Infrastructure

  • $4.2 billion annually to improve maintenance of highways and local roads, and to expand public transit and strengthen critical trade routes

Both houses of the Legislature will begin their respective deliberations of the budget with ongoing negations through the next several months.  For a full summary of the proposed budget visit: http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf

Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.