Thurmond Budget Agreement Statement

Thursday, June 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D – Richmond) issues the following statement regarding the passage of the 2018-2019 state budget.

“We have enhanced and increased savings for future downturns, while providing funds for important institutions that helps Californians like our community colleges, UCs, and CSUs. We put money into K-12 that will give our students access to a high-quality education, while preparing our students for college and careers. We also invested into early education, and provided dollars to support low-income working families with the Earned Income Tax Credit, along with other programs to help Californians who are in need.”

“We have heard from our cities that they need help to address the homeless challenge that continues to grow and intensify every single day. This budget sets aside $500 million for homelessness. Our investment to curb homelessness shows California values.”

“I am pleased to see that $100 million has been allocated for the recruitment and retention of special education teachers, and another $25 million in key shortage areas such as STEM and bilingual education. I am also pleased to see $150 million was added towards K-12 Career Technical Education (CTE) that will provide high-quality CTE programs for our students with real world, hands-on career skills and education.”

“This budget is a true reflection to show what California can do. We invested in housing to help those that are without a home, increased funding for K-12 and higher education, supported low-income working families and saved a record amount of money to help avoid program cuts should future economic conditions change.”

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents the 15th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Tara Hills, and a portion of Oakland.

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