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SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s budget proposal:

“California’s budget today is balanced, and it’s in the best position in decades to withstand a future economic downturn. That’s an important reminder of the phenomenal job legislative Democrats, the Governor, and the voters have done in turning the state’s finances around.

“The Governor has put us at a good starting point for discussion with this budget, with investments in education, courts, and public safety, including funding for more communities to tackle racial profiling. One of the most critical needs we must address—which Assembly Democrats actually supported in the last budget—is a 10% increase for providers of services for developmentally disabled Californians.

“The Assembly’s goal throughout the upcoming budget process is to have California remain the premier example of how you can successfully keep one eye on the pocketbook and one eye on the future. Our last few budgets have proven we can be fiscally responsible and still meet the needs and honor the values of the people of California. This budget will fill that bill as well.”

CONTACT:  John Casey (916) 319-2408

Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker