Senator Leyva Responds to Governor Brown’s May Revision

Thursday, May 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision of the 2017-2018 state budget:

“Since I was sworn in to the State Senate in 2014, I have introduced legislation and fought for resources to improve the lives of the families and communities I represent in the Inland Empire and across the state.  It is critical that the state continues to invest in and empower families so they can enhance their quality of life.”

“As Vice Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, I would like to thank the Governor for keeping his promise to California families by restoring childcare funding in the state budget.  Parents are unable to work if they do not have reliable and affordable childcare.  Young children must be in a safe and nurturing environment so that they are ready to excel when they start preschool and kindergarten.  Last year, the Women’s Caucus was able to secure a multi-year commitment to improve rates for childcare providers, so I am thankful that the Governor agrees with the Caucus that we must prioritize the needs of California working families.”

“I introduced SB 78 earlier this year to increase funding for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program.  Though I appreciate Governor Brown’s ongoing financial support of K-12 and higher education, I am disappointed that funding for California’s statewide after school program remains inadequate.  Today’s revised budget proposal does not offer an increase in ASES funding to keep successful after school programs open to thousands of California students and their families. I look forward to continue fighting for increased funds both within the budget process and through SB 78.”

“Over the next few weeks, I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues, the Administration and stakeholders across the state to ensure that the healthcare, transportation, economic security and other needs of Californians are met. As the June 15th constitutional budget deadline is around the corner, I am hopeful that we will be able to approve a state budget that invests in hardworking families throughout California.”