Young Kim, Assemblywoman, 65th District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19th, 2015
CONTACT: Bryan Shroyer, (916) 319-2065
Assemblywoman Kim Says Budget Deal Shows Majority Party’s Misplaced Priorities
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Young Kim, R-Fullerton, today responded to the vote on the budget deal between Governor Brown and the majority party, saying the plan failed to address the important priorities like improving California’s schools and speeding up the construction of new water storage.
“Despite record spending, this budget falls short of our obligation to public education,” said Kim. “As long as the Legislature caps the reserves on school budgets, our students and teachers are going to be the first ones hit in the next economic downturn. My Republican colleagues and I have fought at every turn to lift the reserves cap, but the majority party has sided with special interests over the interests of our students and local school boards.”
Kim said that the final budget deal makes little progress in addressing two key priorities of Californians – education and water storage. The budget fails to include any meaningful reforms to improve education and provide students with better educational opportunities. It also fails to include measures to streamline the construction of new water storage projects that are needed to provide long-term drought relief. It does, however, streamline the construction of a sports arena for the Golden State Warriors and the Sunset Park project in Los Angeles.
“In the middle of a drought, Democrats won’t grant CEQA exemptions for shovel-ready water storage projects, but they will give exemptions for sports teams,” said Kim. “Those are misplaced priorities.”
To highlight the failure of the budget, Governor Brown announced that he will call two special legislative sessions to address two big issues left unaddressed in the budget – funding for transportation infrastructure and health care. Despite increased revenues, Democrats are expected to introduce tax increases in the special sessions.
“There was record spending in this year’s budget, but that’s not enough for some,” said Kim. “It’s ridiculous that anyone would consider imposing more taxes on California’s struggling families.”
Assemblywoman Kim represents the 65th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma and Stanton.