Here in California, we are witness to unprecedented dysfunction in Washington, exemplified by the longest government shutdown in American history.
This year, I honored Shannon Kissinger, a San Francisco native and resident of the Richmond District. He served in the United States
Navy from 1996 to 2001 and now works to help homeless veterans.
If we’ve learned anything from these last few months, it’s that our progress to
become a more perfect union is fragile. We must be vigilant about keeping the
progress we have made, and stopping rollbacks of justice and equality.
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.