The following statement was released by Common Sense Founder and CEO James Steyer today in reaction to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s revised 2016-17 state budget:
“We commend Governor Brown for convincingly explaining why California needs to maintain our existing revenues and seek to address long-term solutions to revenue volatility. While he declined invitations to speak to voters directly, the conclusion was obvious --- California's kids need us to take action and not simply resign ourselves to the inevitable fiscal winter.
“The Governor is correct that we must set priorities. There should be no higher priority than rebuilding the California Dream, which as the recently released Right Start Commission report explains, requires a child-centered approach to the budget. We should remember that our children only have one chance at a right start by experiencing the kinds of child care, preschool, and other supports that ensure the best brain development and opportunity to thrive.
“While we need to simplify and better coordinate our state's child care and preschool resources, proposals that do not also come with additional funding will leave too many children behind.
"We appreciate the Governor's support for the Senate's budget proposal for a $2 billion housing bond from a portion of future Proposition 63 mental health revenues that we've rated ‘For Kids’ in our Common Sense Legislative Ratings. We also strongly support the additional proposed funding for our schools, both as part of Local Control Funding Formula implementation and as one-time monies.
“But let's make no mistake: We need more investments in our kids. And we look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature to ensure our state budget makes children a priority even while fiscal prudence is required.”
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