- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - As Democratic lawmakers negotiate next fiscal year’s budget with Gov. Jerry Brown, they are trying to make their spending proposals sound fiscally responsible by calling them “investments” in Californians. Here are some examples:


Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, May 15:

He said the bipartisan proposal for a rainy day fund balances the need for savings while paying down debt and investing in Californians. “In the coming weeks as we debate and successfully resolve the budget vote, (I hope we) use a similar framework and make sure that there is room left for some investment to meet the needs of the people.”

Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, May 15:

“We have a lot of reinvesting to do in California.”


When the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office predicted that California will collect $2.5 billion more than the governor forecasts for the coming fiscal year, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins said that forecast would be the one used to construct the budget.

Atkins, D-San Diego, May 16:

“The LAO forecast is one more piece of the puzzle as we work to craft a budget that strengthens fiscal stability and expands opportunity by making smart investments.”


Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, June 2:

She said the state will make “meaningful and strategic investments in early and higher education, in health care access and closing that opportunity gap.”


On May 20, several Democratic members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus said the budget needs to prioritize working women, parents and the education of young children.

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva, D- Fullerton:

“Whether it’s starting at the cradle, looking at quality childcare - investing, investing, investing. We have no other choice but to make those important investments.”

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara:

“The bottom line really is we are calling upon the governor and our leadership to reinvest, re-envision our future. Our future really is our children, and it is critically important that we reinvest.”

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord:

“We understand that this is an investment in the future of these families, the child, the workforce, the economy. We understand it’s an investment in parent education as well.”

Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Canada Flintridge:

“We know that the dollars invested in our earliest years of education have the greatest impact for our kids and families.”



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