Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s revised 2013-14 budget proposal:
“I want to applaud the Governor for the restraint he has shown in his revised budget plan. The voters showed trust in state government in November by approving a tax increase and we owe it to them to use the money as it was intended. I remain concerned that the Legislature will redirect these funds towards new programs instead of improving education and public safety and tackling our ‘Wall of Debt.’ I appreciate the increases he has proposed to help with prison realignment, but still believe that more can be done.
“I have heard from school superintendents in my district who are concerned about the costs of implementing the Common Core standards and, I am pleased to see that the Governor is willing to use some of those new funds to help.
“I agree with his Local Control Funding Formula. The Central Valley will greatly benefit both financially and by gaining greater control over the way their funds are spent. I strongly believe that local governments can do a better job of using the money to fund the programs that most benefit their school districts.”