California State Lawmakers passed a $96.3 billion budget that increases spending on schools, public universities and social services. It also sets up an expansion of healthcare for Californians to conform with the federal Affordable Care Act. The budget was approved on a party-line vote.
Here is what our local Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s had to say about the budget in a statement via a Press Release yesterday.
Sacramento, CA – Statement from Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) on the Legislature’s approval today of the 2013-2014 budget:
After several years of very tough cuts, there’s a lot of good news for California in this budget. Reinvestment in funding to our schools was a priority, including K-12, UC’s, community colleges, and special needs programs. I am proud that an investment has been made in California’s future – the Middle Class Scholarship program will provide grants to help families send kids to college.
I am very pleased that we were able to substantially increase funding to our County Veterans Service Offices, which will assist in better serving our state’s veteran population. Paying down the debt, maintaining a substantial reserve to ensure California’s future economic stability and providing additional assistance to veterans are big wins in my budget book.
To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier please visit his website at http://www.asmdc.org/members/a11/ or call his District Office at 707-399-3011.