SACRAMENTO—In a speech to the Sacramento Press Club, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today unveiled the Blueprint for a Responsible Budget, Assembly Democrats’ plan for continuing fiscal responsibility, strengthening the middle class and delivering effective, efficient services for Californians.
“A rebounding economy, years of difficult cuts approved by legislative Democrats, and the voters trusting state leaders with a majority-vote budget and a temporary tax increase have brought the state to budget stability,” Speaker Pérez said. “We must now maintain that stability while pivoting to strengthen our state, avoid mistakes of the past, and minimize the devastating impacts economic downturns can have on our budget and the people of California. The Blueprint for a Responsible Budget may be outside Democrats’ traditional comfort zone, but it helps us achieve these important goals for California.”
The Blueprint for a Responsible Budget is based on the following three interrelated principles:
- Continuing Fiscal Responsibility – the state must pay down debt, provide a prudent reserve, and craft a workable Rainy Day Fund that protects against future economic downturns.
- Strengthening the Middle Class – schools and higher education must give everyone a fair shot at the middle class, small businesses must be strengthened, and there must be a functional safety net that gets people back on their feet and contributing members of our economy.
- Delivering Effective, Efficient Services for Californians– wasteful red tape and bureaucratic delays must be eliminated for businesses, veterans, and others working with government.
“During the past few difficult years long-term fiscal planning has waned, the middle class has suffered, and governmental services have in some cases deteriorated and become inefficient,” Speaker Pérez said. “The Blueprint for a Responsible Budget will help us address those problems as we craft the state budget in the critical weeks after we get the updated economic figures from the Governor’s May Budget Revision.”
Click here for a summary of the Blueprint for a Responsible Budget follows.
Speaker Pérez Releases Assembly Democrats "Blueprint for a Responsible Budget"
Speaker Pérez PowerPoint Presentation of the Assembly Democrats “Blueprint for a Responsible Budget”
Remarks from Speaker Pérez at today's event. (1:55)
Speaker Pérez says the Blueprint for a Responsible Budget is not a line by line budget but rather a prism to view budget choices through. (:25)
Speaker Pérez says the Blueprint for a Responsible Budget is a framework to begin budget discussions. (:22)
Speaker Pérez says new taxes are not part of the Blueprint for a Responsible Budget. (:14)