Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) issued the following statement in response to the budget passage:
"This year's budget, crafted through the collaborative efforts of the Assembly, the Senate, and the governor, will provide vital resources to California and fund programs and projects that benefit communities throughout the state, including the 47th Assembly District. The budget provides over $100 million for affordable housing and will help create jobs in areas of new construction. It also contains a $500 million allocation to county sheriff's offices for jail space and other facilities to help ease the cost of prison realignment on our local law enforcement officials with a special emphasis on rehabilitation. I am especially pleased about the $223 million increase in court funding, which includes $40 million in one-time funds for court facilities. Finally, this budget reinvests in our students and repairs the damage done by multiple years of budget cuts that eroded our state's public education system by sending billions - including an additional $4.7 billion in local control funding and $6 billion in deferral repayments - back to our schools.
I am proud to have joined my colleagues in supporting this balanced and on-time budget that pays down debt, creates a rainy day fund and reflects California's priorities. I urge Governor Brown to initiate the final step in this process by signing the budget."
[Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy. Website of Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown: http://www.asmdc.org/members/a47/.]