Thursday, June 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) issued the following statement on the passage of the 2017 - 2018 California budget.

“The budget of a government is a representation of its values. This budget is good for all Californians, and it especially prioritizes middle class and low-income communities. As a member of the Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education, I am proud to see that our state has prioritized our children and students by increasing funds to K-12 schools, protecting the Middle Class Scholarship and providing $7 million for adult facilities to improve career technical education opportunities. This budget includes an initiative I championed to end student hunger on college campuses by supporting innovative methods. It expands California’s Earned Income Tax Credit to support 1.1 million more working families and includes a total of $15 million for homeless youth programs and victims of human trafficking. This budget prioritized environmental justice, providing $12 million to assist communities without safe drinking water and investing $10 million to manage tree die-offs caused by the drought and bark beetle infestations.

This budget is also fiscally responsible, giving the biggest increase to the Rainy Day Fund which protects California against potential future economic downturns. It protects us against potential adverse federal actions while also protecting gains made in California.”

Monique Limón represents the 37th Assembly District which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura, Goleta, Carpinteria, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Buellton, Solvang, Summerland, Isla Vista, Montecito, and parts of Oxnard. She currently serves as an Assembly Assistant Majority Whip.


CONTACT: Denise Tugade