SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No.1, which focuses on issues relating to Health and Human Services, issued the following statement today in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s Budget Proposal released this morning:
“I am largely pleased with what I heard today from the Governor regarding continued efforts to stabilize the state’s finances, decrease our debt, and focus on investing in opportunity, especially in the state’s K-12 and higher education systems.
“We have learned that unbridled spending and extreme austerity are not the answers to the state’s economic, educational, and healthcare challenges. Thoughtful, targeted investment of our resources towards jobs, education and infrastructure will be the approach will need to take if the state is to grow.
“My job as Chair of this important Subcommittee is to focus on investment in programs aimed at providing a safety net for our most vulnerable Californians, and efficiently and effectively moving people from poverty and dependence to self-sufficiency and independence. That means careful, deliberate examination of these existing programs to determine whether they deliver as advertised.”
Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber represents California’s 79th District.