Mayor Mark Farrell on Governor Jerry Brown's State Budget
Today, Governor Jerry Brown released the May Revision to the Fiscal Year 2018-19 state budget, which reflects continued revenue growth and a sizable one-time surplus. Due to the Governor’s leadership and prudent fiscal decisions, the state remains in good health while increasing spending in key areas such as education and health care.
Similar to my own budgeting approach, the Governor is planning for uncertain times by continuing to invest in the State’s Rainy Day Fund, positioning California for any challenges ahead. With the additional revenues announcement today, the Governor outlined several new one-time spending proposals which include infrastructure, homelessness and mental health spending.
I appreciate that the Governor is willing to propose some funding for homelessness and mental health services, however, cities and counties are battling a crisis on our streets. We need more support to address the homelessness and opioid addiction plaguing our communities. I look forward to working with the Governor, the legislature and my fellow mayors to increase these funding levels in the weeks to come.