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(Sacramento) – California State Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and legislative leaders proudly watched as Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2013-14 California Budget Act.  This year’s balanced budget was hard-fought and years in the making.  Speaker Pérez worked tirelessly with other leaders in an effort that has restored fiscal responsibility to our budget as California and the nation recover from a long recession.

“This budget reflects the collective values of the people of California, while strengthening the middle class and delivering effective and efficient services.” said Speaker Pérez.

During the ceremony, the Governor also signed AB1X-1 which allows the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act and will expand Medi-Cal coverage to over one million low-income and uninsured Californians.

“Today marks an historic milestone for health care in our state and the nation,” said Speaker Pérez. “AB1X-1 is an important vehicle for California to fully partner with the federal government to expand health coverage to our lowest-income Californians. The Governor’s signature on this important legislation means our state will help ensure the health and well-being of more Californians, and it allows us to continue to be a model on health care reform for the rest of the nation.”

Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Speaker Pérez’s comments and see highlights of the budget signing ceremony.