(SACRAMENTO, CA.)â€”Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) released the following statement regarding Governor Brown Jr.â€™s release of the May Revise of the 2016 state budget today:
â€œI am pleased to see that the Governorâ€˜s revised budget makes significant strides to restore funding for schools and early childhood education, improve our higher education funding, and made sure that no one who works a full time job is living in povertyâ€ said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia. â€œThe Governorâ€™s budget revision makes clear that the Rainy Day Fund we created is doing its job and absorbing the ups and downs of revenue forecasts. This means we are able to make necessary improvements to the budget without impacting existing services or using one-time money for ongoing programs,â€ Garcia concluded.
On Economic Outlook:
â€œI appreciate the Governor highlighting poverty as one of the stateâ€™s major challenges and including a list of actions taken since 2012 to improve access to health care, fresh food, and other social services for lower income families,â€ Garcia said. â€œWhile these initiatives have been helpful in meeting the immediate needs of Californiaâ€™s most vulnerable, more work remains to help these individuals become financially independent and have the ability to meet the needs of their families. We need a new approach to economic and community development, which provides better workforce preparation, greater support for entrepreneurs, and enhanced infrastructure that supports local economic development opportunities.â€
â€œIâ€™m thankful to the governorâ€™s increased school funding to provide per-pupil funding well above pre-recession level, and an increase for preschool and childcare. Early childhood education helps improve outcomes for kids across the board and helps reduce state costs in other areas,â€ said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.
â€œHousing costs are one of the key threats to our economy. California has some of the least affordable communities in the nation. In my community, families are seeing their monthly budgets increasingly eaten up by housing costs. I applaud the Governors $3.2 billion dollars investment to various affordable housing and homelessness programs; this will alleviate some economic hardships and will help California put food on their table,â€ said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.