Friday, January 11, 2013
ASSEMBLYMEMBER WEBER APPLAUDS GOVERNOR’S JANUARY BUDGET PROPOSAL
SACRAMENTO, CA- Assembly Member Weber (D-San Diego) applauded Governor Jerry Brown for presenting a budget that protects education and puts California on a path to long term fiscal stability. During his annual January press conference today in Sacramento, the Governor proposed a multi-year plan that is balanced, maintains a $1 billion reserve, and pays down budgetary debt from past years.
“The Governor’s budget brings hope to many California communities, especially the educational community, which suffered tremendous cuts in the last couple of years,” said Weber. “I applaud this plan which is balanced and contains a modest reserve that will help the Governor and the Legislature restore California’s fiscal situation in the next few years,” she said.
According to the Department of Finance, General Fund spending is projected to grow by five percent, from $93 billion in 2012-13 to $97.7 billion in 2013-14. The vast majority of this year’s budget is proposed to be spent on education and health care issues.
“As a former educator and current legislator, I look forward to working with the Governor, my legislative colleagues and the educational community this year to ensure that educational revenues are expended wisely to benefit our students, including making K-12 education more effective and higher education more affordable. I believe this is a budget that protects the very people we are elected to serve children, students, and working families,” Weber said.