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For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 11, 2017
In response to Governor Brown’s May Revision budget proposal released today, Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, Senior Policy and Government Affairs Manager at Children’s Defense Fund-California, issued this statement:
“In today’s press conference releasing the May Revision budget proposal, Governor Jerry Brown said it was cruel to fund programs now only to cut them later – but the real cruelty is failing to use available state resources to help the 1 in 4 California children who live in poverty or support vulnerable children and families across the state. Despite the $2.5 billion in higher revenues in the revised proposal, the Governor missed key opportunities to make investments to reduce child poverty, strengthen the safety net, and build a safer and more prosperous state.
In light of continuing threats to vulnerable populations from the Republican-led Congress and President, California policy leaders must develop a state budget that protects our children – and the best protection is to strengthen our state’s most vulnerable children, families and communities. California must continue moving forward to break down walls of inequity that are preventing poor children and children of color from thriving.
The May Revision fails to invest in promoting or expanding the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a proven solution to alleviate poverty. More than 30 leading organization sent a budget letter to the California’s policy leaders this week urging action to strengthen the CalEITC. The Governor also continues to propose the elimination of the California Gang Reduction, Intervention & Prevention (CalGRIP) Program, which funds local violence prevention strategies.
We are glad to see that the Governor has restored $500 million in child care investments that he proposed delaying in January. We also appreciate the Governor’s commitment to Medi-Cal, which provides coverage to more than half of California children including undocumented children under the Health for All Kids expansion.
We urge the Legislature and the Governor to develop a final 2017-18 budget that makes our children a priority.”
The Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is a state office of the Children’s Defense Fund, a national child advocacy organization founded by Marian Wright Edelman that has worked relentlessly for over 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. With offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and Long Beach, CDF-CA champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, ensure all children have access to health coverage and care and a quality education, and invest in our justice-involved youth. www.cdfca.org
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