Assemblymember Salas Issues Statement on May Budget Revision
Governor Brown Releases 2018-19 Revised Budget Proposal
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released a $199.3 billion overall spending plan, which estimates an $8.8 billion surplus through 2018-19, nearly $3 billion more than was predicted in the January budget projection.
“I applaud the Governor’s May Revise that fully funds the Rainy Day Fund while using the higher than expected revenues to make increased investments in infrastructure, mental health, education, and combatting homelessness,” said Assemblymember Salas. “As the Legislature works toward the June 15 budget deadline, I look forward to working with my colleagues to negotiate budget priorities important to the Valley, such as funding Valley Fever research and awareness, water storage projects, and public safety infrastructure.”
The budget proposal increases K-12 school funding by about $4,600 per student compared to 2011-12 levels. It also maintains $1.2 billion in new funding for the University of California, $1.6 billion for the California State University System, and $2.4 billion for community colleges.
Also included in the plan is an additional $2 billion of infrastructure spending, including $295 million to provide strategic investments in flood control infrastructure. There is also an additional $359 million to combat homelessness and $312 million for mental health services.
A summary of the Governor’s full budget proposal can be found at www.ebudget.ca.gov.
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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.