(SACRAMENTO) – On Thursday, Assemblymember Timothy S. Grayson (D-Concord) released the following statement regarding the passage of the 2017-18 state budget:
“I’m pleased to support a fiscally responsible and balanced budget that protects the gains we have made over the past few years while also investing in our future. This budget continues to increase funding for all levels of education, maintains the Middle Class Scholarship so college is more affordable for more Californians, builds our rainy day reserve to $9.9 billion, and saves us billions by reducing our pension liabilities and stabilizing contribution rates.
“By investing in projects like GoMentum in Concord this budget will also help California produce the tech breakthroughs that will enable us to provide safer, more efficient transportation in our cities, while also protecting our environment. California should continue to lead the world in transportation innovation and I am proud that this measure was adopted today.”
The GoMentum station in Concord, which received a one-time $3.5 million appropriation in the budget, is the nation’s largest secure testing site for autonomous vehicle technology. A public-private partnership between Contra Costa County, the City of Concord, and Stantec, the station allows the public and private sector to explore innovative technology that will help to redefine transportation over the coming decades.
Tim Grayson represents the 14th Assembly District that includes the communities of Benicia, Concord, Clayton, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Vallejo, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek. For more information please visit the Assemblymember’s website, www.assembly.ca.gov/a14.