SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, released the following statement Wednesday on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2018-19 state budget.
“The governor today presented a balanced proposed budget that meets the constitutional requirement of maintaining a healthy ‘Rainy Day Fund’ and increases our investment in transportation and education at all levels.
The budget allocates $4.6 billion from The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 for transportation upgrade projects in the 2018-19 fiscal year, with the primary focus on neighborhood roads, state highways and bridges. I am proud to see the Road Repair Act finally being implemented, protecting our economy by continuing to invest in our infrastructure. A constitutional amendment I authored, ACA 5, which will be on the ballot for voter approval in June, guarantees that revenue from the Act will be spent only on transportation projects.
Increased investment in K-12 and higher education contained in this budget proposal will make quality education more accessible to California families.
While protecting us if we experience a future economic downturn, this budget continues to pay down debt incurred from the previous downturn, reducing our debt to a manageable level. The budget also allows us to continue to invest in the state’s other priorities.
I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues in the Legislature this coming year to continue to move California forward.”
Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.