Assemblymember Salas Issues Statement on Governor's Budget

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2018-19 State Budget proposal. Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) issued the following statement:

“I am encouraged by the Governor’s proposed budget released today. This balanced budget proposal funds priorities such as education, health care, infrastructure, and public safety and emergency programs while increasing the State’s Rainy Day Fund and paying down debt.

I was pleased to see the Governor’s budget includes continuous funding for Independent Living Centers, including the Independent Living Center of Kern County, as well as Ag education grants, water infrastructure, public safety, job training and Career Technical Education programs. This budget reflects our promise to schools by increasing funding for K-12 education and college affordability. As the Legislature considers the Governor’s proposed budget over the next several months, I will work to ensure the needs of families and businesses in the Valley remain supported in the final Budget in June.”

Highlights of the Governor’s 2018-19 State Budget include funding for the following:  

Education

  • $78.3 billion in Prop 98 funding, a new all-time high
  • $4.6 billion increased investment in K-14 education
  • $33.7 billion for higher education
  • $15.3 for Career Technical Education grants to fund programs such as FFA at the Department of Education
  • $3 billion in additional investment to fully implement the Local Control Funding Formula (two years earlier than planned)
  • $100 million to increase/retain Special Ed teachers
  • $167 million to increase availability of early education, especially in low-income and underserved areas.
  • $212 million increase for K-12 Career Technical Education programs (Community college Strong Workforce Program)

Infrastructure

  • $63 million for safe drinking water projects
  • $99 million for flood management projects
  • $100 million per year for bicycle and pedestrian facility projects such as the Boron to Desert Lake Pedestrian Path in Kern County
  • $400 million per year to fund repairs and maintenance on bridges, such as replacement of the Cache Creek Bridge in Kern County
  • Current year funds are being allocated toward high priority highway repair projects such as 36 lane miles of pavement in Kings County
  • $42 million to fix and improve access to parks including off-highway vehicle and boating programs
  • $4 million for deferred maintenance of fairs
  • $29 million for county probation departments for monitoring the programs

Health and Human Services

  • $37.4 billion for all health and human services programs
  • $543.7 million in increased funding for Medi-Cal
  • $5.1 billion in targeted increases to CalWORKS programs (welfare-to-work)
  • $34.9 million increase for SSI/SSP programs to benefit eligible aged, blind, and disabled persons
  • $705,000 for Independent Living Centers

Business and Job Creation

  • $180 million for the California Competes program
  • $20 million to provide direct assistance to small businesses

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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.