Stone Releases Statement on State Budget Deal
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has released the following statement on the negotiated state budget:
“Once again, our state is leading the nation – this time by moving forward with a compassionate, progressive, and balanced budget that hammers away at poverty, inequality, and injustice. Here are the highlights:
- We continue to invest in our students with funding increases to K-12 schools through Proposition 98, as well as providing more opportunities for families to access early childhood education. We’re also increasing enrollment spots at UC and CSU schools so that more Californians can earn higher education degrees that will help maintain our state’s economic strength.
- We are helping more Californians get out of poverty by expanding the CalEITC tax credit to more low-income working families, and we are providing additional funds to programs that will reform services and placements for vulnerable youth in foster care.
- As Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, I’m pleased to announce that the budget includes new funds for Dependency Counsel, which represents children who have been removed from their homes for abuse or neglect. We have also provided additional funds for the Equal Access Fund, which improves access to legal aid services for those who can’t afford it.
Additionally, I am pleased to announce that several of this year’s budget provisions will have a direct and immediate benefit to our Central Coast community:
- This year’s budget provides $12 million to assist communities without safe drinking water to update their infrastructure and provide safe, temporary supplies. Locally, this will help our smaller water districts to tie into other water lines during emergencies.
- The budget also provides $9.5 million to deter and prevent gang violence through the California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) program. In my district, the cities of San Jose and Seaside have utilized these grants to fund violence and gang prevention programs.
Overall, my voice, and by extension, the voices of my constituents in the 29th Assembly District, was heard throughout the budget process.”
Assemblymember Stone represents the people of California’s 29th Assembly District, which includes the Monterey Bay. As Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, Stone has written numerous laws to the transform the state’s child welfare system to help protect and improve the lives of its most vulnerable residents. Prior to his time as a state legislator, he served as a California Coastal Commissioner, a Santa Cruz County Supervisor, a local school board trustee, and an attorney in the tech industry.
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