SACRAMENTO, CA – With the California State Legislature’s passage of the 2017-2018 State Budget Act today, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued the following statement:
“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.
“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. Nevertheless, we are increasing our General Fund spending, adding to our Rainy Day Fund, and our total reserves are the largest in the State’s history.
“More importantly is what we will be able to do for Californians this coming year. Our Earned Income Tax Credit Program will be able to support more working families. Our K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities will see more funding coming their way while we simultaneously advance efforts to make college education more affordable for our students. Additionally, we will expand access to healthcare as voters intended under Proposition 56.
“I’m grateful that the Legislature agreed with my request to dedicate $10 million for homeless youth services. However, in the years ahead, we will need to continue to focus on more solutions to help resolve homelessness and increase our supply of affordable housing. While much remains to be done, this year’s budget is a responsible step in the right direction.”