The following statement was released by Common Sense founder and CEO James Steyer today in reaction to the release of the 2017-18 May Budget Revision by California Governor Jerry Brown:
“Today’s release of the May Budget Revision includes some incremental improvements for kids and families. But the difficulty and uncertainty of achieving even these small improvements highlights the immediate need to initiate the desperately needed conversation about the kinds of supports our families need -- and currently lack -- to ensure our kids thrive.
"California kids are suffering the fourth-worst economic well-being in the country, yet we have the sixth-best economy in the world. This is unacceptable. We need to respond to this budget with fundamental changes. We need to identify the resources required to meet the needs of our children and families while eliminating our state’s damaging boom-and-bust cycles.
"The status quo for children in California is unacceptable. A few weeks ago we saw leaders come together to invest in our transportation system. While infrastructure is important, shouldn't we prioritize the health and well-being of our children? It is time to start every budget and legislative conversation with a fundamental question: how will this help ensure all California children have the opportunity to thrive? Our future depends on how we answer.”