Chris Hoene on the Governor’s Proposed 2015-16 Budget: “Prioritizes Austerity at the Expense of Helping Ensure All Californians Share in State’s Recovery”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The California Budget Project (CBP), a nonpartisan public policy research group, released the following statement from Executive Director Chris Hoene in response to Governor Brown’s proposed 2015-16 budget:

“The Governor’s budget proposal prioritizes austerity at the expense of helping ensure that all Californians can share in the state’s economic recovery.

“The Governor in recent years has shown an ability to take a long-term approach when it comes to paying off state debts, building infrastructure, and addressing climate change. But with poverty and unemployment still high in many parts of California, it’s critical that he and the Legislature bring this same sense of vision to reinvesting in people and communities. This means placing a greater focus on helping struggling families to advance economically, ensuring that students and their families can afford a college education, and strengthening the state’s social safety net.

“A growing California economy and stronger state revenues create an opportunity to rebuild an array of public services and systems that were deeply cut during the Great Recession, from child care and preschool to support for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Failing to reinvest not only means that many Californians could be left out of our state’s economic future, but also puts that future at risk.”

Early next week, the CBP will publish its initial analysis of the proposed 2015-16 budget, highlighting key provisions and their implications.

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The California Budget Project (CBP) engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians. Support for the CBP comes from foundation grants, subscriptions, and individual contributions. Please visit the CBP’s website at www.cbp.org.