For Immediate Release
January 10, 2018
Los Angeles, CA – Former California State Assembly Speaker and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s 2018-19 state budget proposal released today.
Said Mayor Villaraigosa:
“Governor Jerry Brown has been a prudent fiscal steward who pulled California through the financial crisis and got our state back-on-track. From the start, he made tough decisions and was honest about the sacrifices we would need to make to overcome a $27 billion deficit.
Today, Governor Brown offers a budget proposal that includes a $19 billion surplus. His proposal also provides new funding for K-12 education, invests in higher education and expands healthcare coverage for low-income Californians.
“As Mayor, I was charged with the fiscal responsibility of the nation’s second largest city. Facing bankruptcy during the Great Recession, I understand the balance we need to strike to be fiscally responsible while investing in priorities such as building infrastructure that creates jobs, supporting public safety to keep our communities safe and making education a top priority to compete in a global economy.
The investments we made in those priorities bore fruit for the people of Los Angeles, and I plan to strike the same balance as governor.”