The following statement was released by Common Sense Founder and CEO James Steyer today in reaction to the announcement of an agreement reached by Governor Brown and Legislative leaders on a state budget for 2015-16:
“This year’s budget will see California take some common sense strides towards prioritizing our kids and schools. While it doesn’t include everything we wanted, we are pleased to see a significant increase in money going to our schools; the establishment of a state Earned Income Tax Credit; the expansion of Medi-Cal to thousands of low-income undocumented children, and new investments in teacher effectiveness.
“We are disappointed that this budget does not provide as much as we hoped for early childhood. We thank Speaker Atkins, Senate President de León, legislators, and early childhood advocates for making this a priority in the budget this year. This setback highlights one of the reasons Common Sense Kids Action created the Right Start Commission last month. We look forward to presenting a plan later this year that our policymakers can embrace to modernize California’s early childhood services because every child deserves a fair start in life.”
About Common Sense Kids Action
Common Sense Kids Action is an independent, non-partisan and powerful voice whose mission is to make kids and education America’s top priority. Common Sense Kids Action works with national and state leaders to advance policies that help ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century. Common Sense Kids Action has committed to advancing a 21st Century Kids and Education agenda—an agenda that includes ensuring that all children 0-5 have access to vital health and education resources, advancing 21st century learning, alleviating the damaging effects of poverty, and protecting children’s online privacy. Learn more at the Common Sense Kids Action website.