Senator Portantino, Chair of the Education Budget Subcommittee,Issues Statement on the Governor’s 2018-2019 Budget Proposal

Wednesday, January 10 2018

Sacramento, California –Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) Chair of Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education, issued the following statement:

"I applaud the Governor and his proposed budget for 2018-2019, which continues to prioritize California’s K-12 and Higher Education while ensuring future fiscal stability with the increase to the Rainy Day Fund. I am particularly happy the budget increases money for higher education and does not raise tuition.

The budget also proposes an investment with $46 million allocated for first time community college tuition waivers and $3 billion for the Local Control Funding Formula. As the Chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Education, I look forward to beginning the process to create the proposed California Online College and what it would look like.

The 25th Senate District is home to many terrific public school districts, the best community colleges in California and over a dozen 4 year colleges. With much work ahead, I will continue the collaborative process in ensuring our students at all of these schools and across California have success to high quality and affordable public education."