The California Budget Project, a nonpartisan public policy research group, released the following statement from Executive Director Jean Ross today in response to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision to his 2011-12 Proposed Budget:
“After a long and painful recession that battered state revenue collections, the higher-than-previously-anticipated tax collections are good news for California. These dollars, however, represent just a fraction of the amount needed to close the state’s remaining budget gap.
“The balanced approach presented by Governor Brown in January remains the only credible path to a balanced budget that protects the critical public structures and systems, including our public schools, colleges, and universities, needed to support a healthy economy.
“We regret the Governor’s decision to retain the Enterprise Zone Program – a program that has been proven ineffective by rigorous, independent economic research – while closing gems of the state park system and maintaining the deep cuts that endanger many vulnerable families, children, and seniors. Keeping programs that do not work, while scaling back those that do – such as our highly successful welfare-to-work program – does not reflect Californians’ values and priorities.
“More than ever, California needs our leaders to make critical choices that move us to long-term stability, not temporary, patchwork fixes. We call on Governor Brown and lawmakers to move expeditiously toward a plan that is not only balanced, but that provides a multi-year approach to resolving the state’s budget crisis so that California can move forward to address the critical challenges that lie ahead.”
— California Budget Project