Assemblymember Kansen Chu Comments on State Budget

Thursday, June 15, 2017

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D – San Jose) issued the following statement on the passage of the 2017-18 state budget:


“Our Assembly Democratic Caucus worked diligently to craft a smart, balanced, and prudent budget. I worked with Assemblymembers Ash Kalra and Evan Low and Senators Jim Beall and Bob Wieckowski to secure $5.4 million to help flood victims displaced by the San Jose Coyote Creek flood. As an elected representative of San Jose, it was crucial to ensure the state stepped up to the plate to help the victims of this devastating disaster. I thank Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate pro Tempore Kevin de León and Governor Jerry Brown for their collaboration and effort.”


“Additionally, I am thrilled that we increased funding for K-12 schools, community colleges, the UC and the CSU. Our caucus prioritized college affordability by maintaining the Middle Class Scholarship and established working pathways for students to earn degrees. Good government was also paramount, as this budget set reforms for the Board of Equalization and the University of California’s Office of the President, as well as saving the state $11 billion over the next two decades while reducing pension liabilities and stabilizing state contribution rates. Further, we expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to support 1.1 million more working families and self-employed parents.”


“Once again, the Assembly Democrats continue to demonstrate leadership where it counts most – passing a responsible, on-time, and balanced budget that works for all Californians.”


Kansen Chu represents the 25th District in the California State Assembly, which encompasses the cities of Santa Clara, Milpitas, Newark and portions of Fremont and San Jose.

June 15, 2017

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