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SACRAMENTOAssembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) met with representatives from the League of California Cities today to discuss how the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget Proposal supports the state’s struggling local governments.

“Your cities shouldn’t suffer because the State has forced bailout after bailout on you—and we set aside almost one billion dollars to repay you for that debt,” Pérez said. “We protect teachers, cops and firefighters. We repay schools and local governments for years of unfunded mandates. And we make job creation the central priority for California’s government. I believe this is a plan that does right by our local governments—but I need your help to get it passed. The budget conversation has to happen throughout California—it cannot just take place in Sacramento.”

The California Jobs Budget protects thousands of local police, fire, and other local jobs by repaying nearly $931 million owed to local governments for past mandates.  This funding provides local governments with discretionary funds to assist their budget challenges and avoid layoffs to critical public service jobs.

The California Jobs Budget makes a $3.8 Billion repayment to local school districts.  The plan protects tens of thousands of jobs for teachers, aides, and counselors by fully funding Proposition 98 and eliminating portions of the “Education Credit Card” rather than accept the Governor's proposal to cut schools by $2.8 billion, which leads to thousands of lost jobs.

By protecting the state’s safety net, the California Jobs Budget also keeps state costs from being pressed onto the backs of struggling local governments.

(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) met with representatives from the League of California Cities today to discuss how the Assembly Democrats’ California Jobs Budget Proposal supports the state’s struggling local governments. “Your cities shouldn’t suffer because the State has forced bailout after bailout on you—and we set aside almost one billion dollars to repay you for that debt,” Pérez said. The California Jobs Budget protects thousands of local police, fire, and other local jobs by repaying nearly $931 million owed to local governments for past mandates. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker