SACRAMENTO – Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s revised 2015-16 budget proposal:
“The Governor’s revised budget shows an appropriate level of restraint while the state continues its slow economic recovery. This new plan builds on last year’s budget and remains focused on addressing our long term challenges. As the Governor correctly stated, we have to learn from the mistakes of the past and continue to prepare for our next economic downturn. It is right to use new revenues to continue to pay down our debt, increase funding for education, and help mitigate the effects of the drought.
“As the drought worsens, we have to help our communities feeling the greatest impact. The nearly $2.2 billion in emergency drought response in this proposal will provide much needed relief.
“I support the Governor’s call for a state earned income tax credit. California has seen an uneven recovery from the recession, and we will continue to see the economic impacts of this devastating drought on the Central Valley. This annual tax credit will support working families that continue to struggle without creating an entitlement program requiring ongoing spending.
“I am also pleased that the Governor has come to an agreement with the University of California to freeze tuition over the next two years while increasing accountability, transparency, and access for students. I made it a priority to fix the issues that we have seen with the UC system over the past years, and this marks a step in the right direction.”