May Revise Draws Praise and Concern: Local Legislators Respond to Brown's Updated Budget

May 12, 2017

Daily Journal
By Samantha Weigel

Lawmakers representing San Mateo County in the state’s Capitol were cautiously optimistic following the governor’s updated budget proposal that included increased spending for child care, education and transportation. However, there’s a long road ahead as they seek to balance federal uncertainties with hopes for meaningful solutions to address the housing crisis.

Thursday marked Gov. Brown’s May revise, a $124 billion general fund proposal updated from what he unveiled in January.

Local legislators praised Brown’s trademark fiscal prudence, particularly in light of the White House’s potential to upset California’s budget with proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act.

“It’s a responsible budget that continues with the rainy-day contributions and really protects us for the future, but takes care of our needs today,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo.

As in any statewide spending plan, there’s pros and cons, as well as potential benefits specific for San Mateo County and the Peninsula.