“The Speaker’s California Jobs Budget, which focuses on creating jobs and preventing harmful cuts to schools, public safety, and programs for the poor, is a welcome step in the right direction. Putting people to work and investing in public education are the right moves to make in this economy.” – David A. Sanchez, president of the California Teachers Association
Sacramento, CA, May 26, 2010- When Speaker John Pérez unveiled the new California Jobs Budget yesterday, full restoration of State funding for domestic violence shelters was not included as one of the provisions aimed at strengthening the social safety net. The Jobs Budget proposes to restore the $20.4 million allocated to shelters, which the Governor eliminated by line-item veto in July of 2009. – California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
This proposal takes the economic high road by saving hundreds of thousands of jobs for teachers, police, firefighters and other workers, and creating jobs in the private sector that will spur economic growth and new revenues for the state without raising taxes on working families. – Angie Wei, California Labor Federation Legislative Director
The bottom line: thumbs up on the acknowledgement that any solution to this year’s budget crisis must be a balances one that involves both targeted spending reductions and revenue increases. – Jean Ross
"Today's reports of improprieties at the Department of Parks and Recreation are deeply disturbing. The allegations of the Department hoarding $54 million during the worst fiscal crisis in generations, the obfuscation necessary to conceal those funds , and the pervasive flouting of state personnel laws are unacceptable, and we must get to the bottom of what has occurred and what changes are needed."