Times of San Diego: San Diego Lawmakers From Both Sides Supported New State Budget

Monday, June 19, 2017

As excerpted from Times of San Diego:

San Diego legislators from both sides of the aisle found common ground last week in voting to pass a $125 billion state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The budget provides more money for schools, expands a tax credit for low-wage workers, saves the Middle Class Scholarship, increases the state’s reserve fund and imposes tighter oversight over the University of California’s central administration.

The spending plan negotiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers also divides up $1 billion in annual tobacco tax revenue, with half going to MediCal and half to higher reimbursements for doctors and dentists.

Assemblyman Todd Gloria, a Democrat who represents much of the City of San Diego, praised the budget as a “step in the right direction” for the state.

“The budget agreement put forth by the Legislature is prudent, responsible, protects California’s progress, and continues to make meaningful investments to strengthen our working and middle class,” he said. “The state’s responsible budgeting over the past decade has allowed us to still make progressive gains this year, even when revenue growth is less than expected.”