Speaker Pledges to Continue Assembly's Work to Produce On-Time Budget that Saves and Creates Jobs
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Budget Chair Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) today discussed how measures contained in the Governor's May Revise budget proposal threaten hundreds of thousands of California jobs and pledged the Assembly will continue working to the help the economy recover by producing an on-time budget that saves and creates jobs.
“Quite frankly, I'm deeply troubled by the Governor's proposal to close our deficit because it relies on drastic reductions in core services – including education - that are vital to stabilizing California's economy and moving us forward on the pathway towards economic recovery and job creation,” Pérez said. “At the most basic level, our economy cannot rebound and unemployment cannot be reduced by cutting billions from schools and eliminating tens of thousands of teacher jobs and undermining education's central role in the growth industries of the 21st Century.”
Among the other measures in the Governor's proposal that the Speaker described as harmful to the economy and job creation are:
- Eliminating childcare and putting thousands of small business childcare providers out of business and forcing working parents to quit their jobs
- Defunding state programs that receive federal matching funds, effectively saying “No” to billions in federal safety net funds that are immediately spent in our economy
- Eliminating CalWORKS and the working pathways into the middle class it creates for those in poverty
With Assembly budget subcommittees scheduled to finish their hearings by the end of May to help produce an on-time budget, Blumenfield was confident that working with federal officials and everyday Californians will help the Assembly produce responsible solutions that save and create jobs.
“This proposal from the Governor is not a credible plan and it leaves more than $5.5 billion of federal funds on the table,” Blumenfield said. “We're now, as the Speaker said, going to continue the systematic process where we've gone out, past the capitol bubble, into the state to hear people and we're going to systematically build on what we've done so far with our hearings and put together a real budget plan.”
The Speaker also pointed out that many measures contained in the Governor's proposal are ideological policy changes unrelated to the budget.
“This job killing proposal reflects the absolute wrong approach to our budget—as does his habit of insisting that he won't sign a budget without extraneous, non-budget policy changes,” Pérez said. “I want to be absolutely clear on this point—the Governor is once again engaging in the kind of Sacramento business as usual approach to politics. We will approve a budget—and only a budget. He can threaten to veto all he wants, but the Assembly will not engage in policy discussions that aren't related directly to the budget.”
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VIDEO | Speaker Pérez: Major Job Killers in Governor's May Revise Budget Proposal
SACRAMENTO Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Budget Chair Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) discussed at a capitol news conference how measures contained in the Governors May Revise budget proposal threaten hundreds of thousands of California jobs and pledged the Assembly will continue working to the help the economy recover by producing an on-time budget that saves and creates jobs. Here is more in this Assembly Access video.
Below are links to audio from today's news conference:
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez's opening remarks at today’s news conference. (5:01) mp3
Speaker Pérez says cuts to education hurt the job market immediately and in the future. (:59) mp3
Speaker Pérez says non-budget related policy issues should not be part of any budget agreement. (:32) mp3
Speaker Pérez says pension issues should be dealt with in the collective bargaining process. (:33) mp3
Assembly Budget Committee Chair Bob Blumenfield’s (D-San Fernando Valley) opening remarks at today’s news conference. (:42) mp3