SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Senate Budget Chair Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) released the following statements regarding the Senate’s passage of the 2016-17 state budget. Learn more about key components of the budget agreement at focus.senate.ca.gov/budget.
Senate Leader de León:
“The California 2016-17 budget is a fiscally-sound document focused on today and tomorrow. It makes key investments to fight poverty and homelessness, bolsters education from pre-school to college, and targets critical funding for health care and public safety while setting aside significant savings to hedge against harder times.
“This budget reflects the skillful hand of Senator Mark Leno, who has for the past six years chaired the Senate Budget Committee. He has my deepest gratitude and praise for his public service and dedication to the wellbeing of all Californians.”
“The Legislature has approved an on-time, balanced budget that makes targeted reinvestments in our social safety net, increases education funding and sets aside a solid reserve for any future economic uncertainties.
“Our expenditure plan funds anti-poverty programs, child care and education. It also includes resources to combat homelessness, support low-income working families and improve college readiness and enrollment. Additionally, we increase child care rates and preschool slots and invest in criminal justice programs that will reduce our jail and prison populations while rehabilitating offenders to keep our communities safer.
“I am pleased to join Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, many of my legislative colleagues in both houses and Governor Brown in approving a budget that stimulates economic growth, saves for the future and protects millions of California families.”