Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) released a statement last Saturday following the passage of the State budget.
“Today is a historic day for California. For the second year in a row, we have a budget that is on time, and for the first time in recent history, our budget is once again reinvesting in the services, programs and jobs our state needs to fully recover,” he said. “This budget makes meaningful progress in improving programs that help families striving for the middle class by making good-paying jobs accessible through the welfare-to-work program. This budget expands Medi-Cal to cover some 1.4 million Californians starting next year. Additionally, this budget prioritizes the education of our future workforce through the creation and funding of the ‘Middle Class Scholarship’ program for California college students. Undoubtedly, today is a success for working families, students and the future of our state.”
The budget bill is balanced, establishes a $1.1 billion reserve, aggressively pays down state debt and makes critical, targeted restorations of some of the worst cuts made during the recent recession.
The State budget and its trailer bills now head to Gov. Jerry Brown to await his signature.
For more information, visit senate.ca.gov/lara .
Source: Lara’s office