Senator Leyva Responds to Governor Brown’s May Budget Revision

Friday, May 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision of the 2018-2019 state budget:

“As the State Senator representing the 20th State Senate District, I strongly believe that California’s budget can and must help to improve the lives of residents in the Inland Empire and across the state.  Today’s revised budget proposal both increases opportunity and takes into account the challenges faced by Californians in their daily lives.”

“As I noted in January, I am committed to working with the Governor to ensure state savings while investing in our local communities and residents today.  With the state’s increased revenues, it is critical that we further expand access to quality jobs, improved health care, and safe and affordable housing for struggling Californians.  I am pleased that the Governor included $359 million in funding to help local governments promptly address homelessness across California, as well as $312 million for mental health services.  Much like the rest of the state, the Inland Empire continues to suffer from a homelessness crisis, so I am grateful for this increased funding and additional dedicated revenues that will begin to flow in the next year to combat this serious problem.”

“As the Vice Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus and the author of SB 1449 that seeks to mandate the prompt testing of new rape kits, I applaud the Governor for hearing the pleas from survivors that testing rape kits will help ensure justice and put rapists behind bars.  I thank him for proposing $6 million to help with the testing and identification of DNA evidence in the state.”

“I am hopeful that the final budget will support increased funding for After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs that help working families but face the possibility of closure across the state, including the Inland Empire. I will continue to work to build upon our successful efforts from last year to keep the doors open on after school programs that help children succeed and keep them out of trouble.”

“I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues in the coming weeks to pass a balanced state budget by the June 15th constitutional deadline that prioritizes California families and communities.”