Common Sense Kids Action Responds to Governor Jerry Brown's Proposed 2017-2018 California State Budget

Statement from James P. Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The following statement was released by Common Sense founder and CEO James Steyer today in reaction to Governor Brown's release of the 2017-18 California State Budget:
"We understand the level of caution in the Governor's proposed budget given the uncertainties we face in federal policies and volatile state revenues. But the reality is, the status quo for kids in California is absolutely unacceptable.
"Our kids are suffering the fourth-worst economic well-being in the country. We need to respond with fundamental change, not incremental pauses and cuts that impact health care, child care and early learning opportunities. 
"We are in no position to cut back on kids. We face an urgent need to figure out how we can address the boom and bust cycles and identify reliable funding sources to provide every California child with the right to access the early childhood, childcare, education, health, dental, and family supports they need to thrive. 
"That is what parents want and what children deserve. We look forward to continuing a statewide conversation with policymakers that will leave the status quo behind and once and for all make kids the priority in his state moving forward."
About Common Sense Kids Action
The mission of Common Sense Kids Action, the advocacy arm of national nonprofit Common Sense, is to make kids America's top priority. With over 65 million users, more than 300,000 educators, and potential advocates in every home and school across the nation, Common Sense is building a movement dedicated to ensuring that every child can thrive in our rapidly changing world. Common Sense Kids Action fights on behalf of families everywhere -- in our home state of California, in our nation's capital, and in states across the country, where we franchise winning ideas and legislative efforts that help all kids thrive.Contact:
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