Senator Leyva Responds to Governor's State of the State Address

Applauds Governor's Commitment to Improving Education & Infrastructure

Thursday, January 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) released the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address to a joint session of the California State Legislature: 

“As California’s economy continues to improve, I appreciate Governor Brown’s leadership and I am encouraged by his sustained commitment to directly addressing many of the difficult issues still facing California, including education, infrastructure, health care and inequality.  It is important that California saves for a rainy day as our economic upswing will not last forever, while still ensuring that the needs of Californians are served.”

“As a member of the special session conference committee on transportation infrastructure, I particularly look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and my legislative colleagues on finding a sensible way to fix and maintain California’s deteriorating transportation system, upon which the vast majority of my constituents in the Inland Empire rely on every day to travel to and from work, school and other commitments.  As a longtime Chino resident who has spent countless hours in traffic on roads and highways throughout Southern California and the state, I know first-hand that fixing these roads and ensuring a strong public transportation system is an urgent matter and necessary to help California’s hardworking families, communities and businesses.”

“As I did when he released his proposed budget earlier this month, I again thank Governor Brown for keeping his commitment to strengthen California’s education system, including making higher education more affordable and accessible for students.  All students in California deserve a solid educational foundation so that they can access the American Dream for themselves and their families.”

“I appreciate that Governor Brown noted that California’s rising tide of success has still left many working families and individuals behind.  Fortunately, as the Governor noted, California has taken significant steps to help those families and communities by raising the state’s minimum wage, providing direct assistance to students and ensuring paid sick leave for millions of California workers.  I am hopeful that the Governor will continue to support struggling families in the weeks and months ahead so that all working families can benefit from California’s growing economy.”