SACRAMENTO â€”Â Senator Ben Hueso announced today that the State Legislature passed a balanced and on-time 2016-17 State Budget that appropriates record levels of K-12 per-pupil spending, invests in public higher education, saves in the rainy day fund and focuses on significant issues of poverty, including housing and childcare. Senator Hueso voted in favor of Senate Bill 826 which cleared the floor by a vote of 27-11.
â€œI appreciate all of those who worked hard to pass a responsible and financially prudent budget that includes the legislatureâ€™s top priorities,â€ said Senator Ben Hueso. â€œOur focus continues to be reflective of our constituents needs while investing in the protection of our resources. Todayâ€™s passage demonstrates a commitment to our stateâ€™s current well-being and our future.â€
Highlights of the 2016-17 State Budget include:
â€¢ The budget includes a total General Fund spending of $122 billion.
â€¢ $400 million to build more affordable housing.
â€¢ $200 million directed at programs to help students go to and complete college.
â€¢ Budget invests in housing and support programs to save state money,
treat mental illness & fight chronic homelessness.
â€œI want to thank my senate colleagues for working with me to secure funding for the Salton Sea, In-Home Supportive Service workers, early childhood education and affordable housing,â€ stated Senator Ben Hueso. â€œMy district now has the opportunity to continue to invest in the protection of its natural resources, strengthen our communitiesâ€™ infrastructures and create a great future for my constituents.â€
2016 Budget goals within the Senatorâ€™s district:
â€¢ Salton Sea will receive $80 million
â€¢ Goat Canyon will receive $1.8 million for sediment clean up.
â€¢ El Centro CHP office will receive $4.3 million to fund acquisition and preliminary plans for the El Centro area office replacement project.
â€¢ New River Calexico will be working to have the $800 thousand re-appropriate with trailer bill language.
â€¢ The El Centro Court house will receive $39,277,000 in funding.
Senate Bill 826, which is the 2016-17 State Budget will be sent to the Governor for his signature.