Senator Hertzberg Responds to Governor’s Proposed Budget
SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, released the following statement today in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2018-19 Budget.
“In the face of so much uncertainty coming from Washington D.C., Governor Brown has again proposed a responsible budget that pays down California’s debt and bulks up our Rainy Day Fund.
As Chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water and principal co-author of SB 623 (the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund), it is unconscionable that any Californian has to go without safe drinking water. Funding for this measure will improve life for all too many Californians who do not have access to clean or affordable drinking water.
While Californians in fire-stricken areas of the state are still feeling the effects of last month’s fires, not many realize that over 1,000 inmates were on the front lines, playing a critical role in places like the #CreekFire in the San Fernando Valley. That makes today’s announcement of the creation of a Firefighter Training & Certification Program for ex-offenders so important. These individuals were critical in preventing further disaster last month in Southern California.
I also commend the Governor for including funding in his proposed budget for the Civil Traffic Pilot. We are well aware of the crippling burden of exorbitant traffic fees and applaud the Chief Justice’s thoughtful plan to lessen the financial burden that they place on low-income Californians.
As we move forward in the budget process and this year’s legislative session, I look forward to working with my colleagues on these and other issues of critical importance to Californians.”
Media Contact: Katie Hanzlik
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038