Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his state of the state address Thursday where he promised to keep school funding his top priority.
Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R- Santa Clarita, responded to the State of the State address, saying he was encouraged by the tone of the speech but disappointed that the address lacked any real plans for promoting job growth.
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“My number one priority is promoting private sector job growth. California has the smartest and hardest working people in the world. If Sacramento refocuses on fostering job growth, Californians will then earn a better living and there will be more revenue to invest in fundamental programs,” said Wilk.
Along the lines of education, Wilk is adamant in making sure prop. 30 is used for what it is intended for.
“I have co-authored AB 67 requiring Sacramento does not raise tuition as long as Prop. 30 is still in place. It is my highest priority to hold the line on college tuition.” Wilk said.
Wilk also stated that although California’s budget is in better financial shape than in recent years, long-term fiscal solvency depends on exercising restraint. Wilk agreed with the Governor in resisting the call to overspend, stressing that the state must begin paying down the “wall of debt” accumulated over the last several budget cycles. Paying down debt could free up other general fund revenue.
“I am committed to partnering with the Governor to reduce the state’s massive debt obligations. If Governor Brown addresses the debt, protects public education and continues to hold the line on spending, he will have an ally in me,” Wilk added.
“(The) 2013 Budget Summary lays out the case for cutting categorical programs and putting maximum authority and discretion back at the local level (with school boards,)” said the Gov. at his State of the State address.
“(If Passed) The Local Control Funding Formula would distribute supplemental funds, over an extended period of time, to school districts based on the real world problems they face. This formula recognizes the fact that a child in a family making $20,000 a year or speaking a language different from English or living in a foster home requires more help,” Brown added.
“The (Local Control Funding) Formula, makes a lot of sense, there are students that cost more to educate, we are waiting to see the proposal and how it comes out,” said Marc Winger, Superintendent of the Newhall School District.
“It (the formula) could affect our district in a good or a bad way, we just don’t know yet. We don’t know how it will be put together or implemented,” Winger added.
Like our Assemblyman, Winger agrees that the economy is in a fragile state and job growth directly impacts our school funding.
“We believe we’ve turned a corner and that funding has stabilized after 5 years of cuts, (but) we have to be very alert and move cautiously because things are very fragile in the economy still,” Winger said.
“Prop. 30 has stabilized us but our funding is still highly dependant on the economy,” Winger said.
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