Statement From Chris Hoene on the Governor’s May Revision: Significant Progress, Critical Challenges Remain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The California Budget Project, 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 2013-14 budget:

“Today’s May Revision improves on the Governor’s January budget proposal in some key ways, while also underscoring the daunting challenges still facing our state. The May Revision moves California toward a state-led expansion of Medi-Cal and affirms the Governor’s proposal to restructure school finance to provide additional dollars for districts with high concentrations of disadvantaged students. At the same time, the Governor’s revised budget reflects an outlook for the coming year that’s worse than expected, due to recent federal actions and weak economic growth. And this is with poverty and long-term unemployment still high in the wake of the Great Recession, and with a safety net and critical employment services severely weakened by recent years’ spending cuts. The budget realities underlying the May Revision show why California needs to work toward a long-term approach that strengthens state and local revenues and makes the necessary investments in our economy and our communities.”

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The CBP will hold a media call on the May Revision tomorrow, May 15, at 1:00 p.m. This call will examine key changes and new policy proposals in the Governor’s revised budget and discuss the major issues that will shape the budget debate in the coming weeks. For more information or to reserve a spot on the call, contact Steven Bliss at 916-444-0500, ext. 208, or sbliss@cbp.org. The call-in number for tomorrow’s media call is 800-311-9404 (Password: “REVISION”).

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 middleincome Californians. Support for the CBP comes from foundation grants, subscriptions, and individual contributions. Please visit the CBP’s website at www.cbp.org.