A NOTE FROM FREDDIE
For the fourth year in a row, the California Legislature has passed an on-time, balanced budget. The budget we passed reflects our commitment to fiscal discipline by paying down our debt and investing in our shared priorities.
After years of cuts to education, we are able to increase funding to our schools by $5.6 billion and make a substantial investment in preschool and early education. This year’s budget also provides for over $1.2 billion in shovel-ready infrastructure improvement projects that will create jobs, improve our local streets and create affordable housing projects.
Just as important, the 2014-15 Budget invests in California’s future by building our financial reserves. Although our economy is recovering, it is important that we take steps to prepare for another economic downturn. Strong budget reserves are fiscally responsible and build a strong economic foundation for our state.
This was my first budget vote and I was proud to cast my vote for a budget that invests in California’s future and is fiscally prudent. I will continue to fight for opportunities to create jobs, protect public safety and advance educational opportunities for our children, while ensuring that tax dollars are not wasted.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. My door is always open to you.
Assemblymember, 52nd District