Today, Governor Brown will release his budget proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The release of the Governor’s budget officially kicks off the budget debate at the State Capitol. As the new vice chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, I look forward to representing Assembly Republicans throughout the budget process as we work toward a balanced budget that protects taxpayers.
Our budget priorities this year are your priorities — protecting classroom dollars, keeping higher education affordable, and safeguarding public safety funding.
There will be areas where we agree with the Governor on his budget proposal, and areas where we disagree.
We agree with his focus on tackling the state’s long-term liabilities. This is especially important as the State Controller’s office has estimated that state retiree healthcare obligations have grown to nearly $72 billion this year – a $7 billion increase over last year.