"The state budget agreement makes important progress for kids and families in California, but the incremental nature of the progress highlights the urgency to initiate a broader conversation about long-term budget priorities.
"We need fundamental changes. We cannot accept that our Golden State currently has the second lowest standard of living for children in the nation. Every child deserves the right start in life.
"We commend the Legislature and Governor for the positive steps made on child care and preschool programs, implementing the Local Control Funding Formula, and repealing the maximum family grant rule given the constraints of the current budget.
"These constraints, however, need to be addressed.
"We have to set priorities. But we believe that means looking at the entire budget and not just selected parts of it. Given the challenges our kids face it is clear having a state budget that truly makes kids the top priority will require a broader conversation that breaks free of a status quo that harms too many children.
"We look forward to engaging in that discussion with the Administration, Legislature, and our fellow advocates for children in the coming months.”
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