Budget for a better California
The state budget is the most powerful tool California has in
fighting poverty and improving the lives of our people.
It provides a framework for us to strengthen the middle class.
As chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, it is a priority
for me to make state government more accessible to
you. That is why I am hosting a budget Town Hall Meeting
in our community where you have the power to vote on budget
priorities and to see how spending decisions are made
before the state budget is inked.
Please join me at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, at the
County Fair Building (Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way) in Golden Gate Park.
Headlines from Washington D.C. are daily reminders that
we live in strange and scary times. But our state budget is a
great way for us to show our power, fight back and preserve
our values. This was the basic approach I took when releasing
my state budget blueprint last December. It focuses on
protecting California’s finances from new threats coming
from Washington while aspiring to build a more prosperous
and inclusive state by fighting poverty with an
Earned Income Tax Credit expansion and moving towards
Our budget boils down to this; we must protect our state
and its people from discriminatory, harmful policies as we
persist onward with ambitious, progressive investments in our
values. Our job is to show the nation that another, better way
of governing is possible.
California has so much to be proud of. We have the sixth
largest economy in the world, we invest in the success and
security of our people, and we have a balanced budget with
strong reserves. This didn’t happen by accident. It took
hard work from all of us.
Consider these state budget milestones since the end of the
recent recession. We have invested 50 percent more in education,
created scholarships to cut tuition costs up to 40 percent
at our public universities, increased the minimum wage
and put it on a path to $15 per hour, and expanded access to
child care for working families.
We have also brought health care to millions of
Californians through implementing Obamacare.
Now, Republicans seek to repeal Obamacare and cause
millions of Americans to lose their health care. Whatever
happens in Washington, we need a plan to move this state
forward. We can’t govern by asking a Magic 8 Ball to predict
Washington’s off-the-wall actions.
Voters sent a clear message last November when approving
three taxes on the state ballot. They want more investment
in education, health care and infrastructure. Over the next few months,
as the legislature concludes the budget by June 15, my focus
will be on investing in infrastructure and job creation,
fighting poverty and homelessness, and increasing access to education.
I look forward to hearing from you about how to fit
these pieces of the budget together and send a message.
California is not backing down. We are leading the way
forward on our values. We will protect what we have and persist
Phil Ting represents the 19th Assembly District.