Budget

 

A responsible and prudent budget

Saves an unprecedented $6 billion+ into the state’s rainy day fund and reserve, while dedicating nearly $3 billion to paying off debt.

 

Record investment in K-12 Education

Education remains the state’s top spending priority, with record funding levels for K-12 schools, with an increase of more than $3600 per student over the past five years.

 

Reaffirms our commitment to higher education

Targeted investments in UC and CSU open 7,000 new spaces for in-state students. Additionally, we invested $200 million to fund programs at K-12 schools to better prepare low-income students for college.

 

Helps working families stay on the job

The budget invests $527 million to help pay child care providers.

 

Starts kids on the right track

The budget prioritizes access to early care and education by investing $100 million to create 9,000 additional slots in preschool over the next three years.

 

No Place Like Home

Invests $2 billion towards emergency shelter, temporary housing and support programs for homeless who are mentally ill. Makes sure that children and families in the CalWORKs and foster care systems have access to additional assistance. Learn more: http://focus.senate.ca.gov/homelessness

 

Repeals a decades-long unjust cap on aid

Puts an end to the Maximum Family Grant rule and opens up aid to 130,000 children in 95,000 families across California.

 

Gun violence research

Creates a firearms violence research center at the University of California to study the root cause and impact of gun violence.