“History is not written in one year in one budget,” said Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
But this year, California’s budget did in fact make history. The state legislature approved a general fund spending plan of $108 billion , passing the largest general fund budgeted in the history of California.
Steinberg said within that budget is a lot to be proud of. He described it to have balance, surpluses, and plans to deal with pensions and other state debt’s. “Sometimes we fight and we negotiate, but I’ll take what we’ve got going now in California over what we had several years ago.”
Senate Republican leader Bob Hoff says there is disagreement on a good number of bills, like the amount of funding dedicated to the high speed rail. “You look at the cap and trade funds that are going to ongoing democrat priorities,m as opposed to helping the business community that it’s taxing.”
Senator Hoff noted the budget’s focus on education for early learners, while others said they were eager to see more focus on students about to enter the workforce. “I have family members who are college graduates doing jobs that would have been high school jobs,” said Senator Mark Wyland.
The budget allocates $310 million to improve community colleges, $250 million toward career oriented education, and $2.1 billion for a “rainy day” reserve fund.
“The Governor started with a good strong ‘let’s not spend ourselves into oblivion’ and set up a framework,” said Senator Hoff. Darrell Steinberg added, “There’s more work to do, but I’m very pleased.”