May 27, 2010
This week, Speaker John Perez introduced the Assembly budget package that closes the budget deficit, rejects the Governor’s draconian cuts to education and safety net programs, and promotes and protects over 400,000 school, local government and private sector jobs.
The Assembly’s California Jobs Budget reflects the tireless advocacy of CSEA and our Education Coalition partners by providing $3.9 billion above the Governor’s proposal for education funding. The Assembly proposal rejects the Governor’s call to break the July 2009 budget agreement memorialized in AB 4X3 and rejects the manipulation of Proposition 98. The Assembly budget proposal recognizes that Proposition 98 is a critical commitment between the voters and our schools and should not be violated.
Special thanks should be given to Assembly Speaker John Perez for developing a budget proposal that upholds the commitment to students and ensures that education is fully funded.
In stark contrast to the Governor’s budget proposal, the Assembly’s California Jobs Budget matches the priorities of the people of California as measured by recent polls and reflects the contributions of thousands of Californian’s who have testified and participated in subcommittee hearings, budget hearings and budget forums held throughout the state.
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