Chris Hoene on the Governor’s May Revision: “Room for More Progress”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SACRAMENTO — The California Budget & Policy Center, a nonpartisan public policy research group, released the following statement from Executive Director Chris Hoene in response to this morning’s release of Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision to his proposed 2016-17 budget:

“There is room for more progress in this year’s state budget in terms of investing in economic opportunity and greater financial security. While some amount of fiscal caution is appropriate in crafting California’s spending plan, further investments can be made that would improve outcomes for the many individuals and families who face severe hardship in making ends meet, without compromising the state’s fiscal health.

“As policymakers work to finalize the state budget over the next several weeks, there are many ways they could boost funding for core public services that help provide pathways to economic security. The Governor’s support for putting $2 billion in bond funds toward addressing homelessness is a step in this direction. Still, key improvements on the Governor’s May Revision could include strengthening the CalWORKs Program, such as by repealing the Maximum Family Grant and continuing to increase funding for housing assistance, as well as increasing support for subsidized preschool and child care.

“Looking ahead, one thing that’s clear is that investing in California’s communities and in broadly shared prosperity over the long term will be far more challenging if the extension of Proposition 30’s income tax rates is not approved by voters this November.”

The Budget Center will release additional commentary and analysis in the coming days and weeks. You can keep up with all the latest on our website, calbudgetcenter.org.

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