Senator Jim Beall's Statement on the 2018-19 Budget
CAMPBELL -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement on the budget passed by the Legislature today:
“This is one of the most prudent and forward-thinking budgets that the Legislature has passed and I believe it will serve as an example for the future. It fully funds K-12 and provides $3.6 billion for the neediest schools to provide more resources for their students. We have expanded child care for the working poor, increased funding for mental health services, and made available a half-billion dollars for local governments to combat homelessness.
“But this budget also leverages the surplus created by our booming economy and puts that money aside for the future to avoid slashing health and human service programs. And for the first time in years, the state and cities are making progress in maintaining and repair our aging roads, tunnels and bridges, thanks to Senate Bill 1. These transportation improvement projects are taking place right now throughout the state to make our roads safer.’’