SACRAMENTO – Assembly Budget Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Brown's May Budget Revise:
“With State revenue forecasted to be $2 billion above January projections, the Governor’s May Revise demonstrates once again California’s economic recovery is continuing. The Governor’s proposal has increased funding to our K-12 schools and courts, as well as paying down debt and building reserves.
As the Governor himself stated, it is now the Legislature’s turn to review, revise and negotiate. In the Assembly we recognize that after years of late and imbalanced budgets and huge reductions in core areas that Californians yearn for both financial stability and for the State’s economic recovery to improve quality and access to education, health care and opportunity. So yes, there are things the Legislature will want to do that are not yet reflected in the May Revise, meaningful things in early and higher education, in ensuring healthcare access, and in closing the opportunity gap.
We look forward to a stimulating three weeks of Budget Committee hearings and actions as we make our case to the Governor for a budget that identifies some expenditures that may be as important to fiscal health as our commitment to saving for a rainy day and paying down debt.”
Elected in 2008, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) represents the 15th Assembly District, which includes Hercules, Pinole, El Sobrante, San Pablo, Richmond, El Cerrito, Kensington, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont and parts of Oakland. Skinner serves as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee.