Assemblymember Bloom Responds to Passage of the State Budget
SACRAMENTO – This evening, after six months of deliberations, including 84 committee hearings, the state Legislature has passed the 2017-18 State Budget. The Legislature passed the $125.1 billion budget balanced and on-time for the seventh consecutive year. The budget passed the Assembly and the Senate on a 52-24 and a 28-10 vote, respectively. In response, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) issued the following statement:
“The state budget continues our focus on combating poverty and strengthening our middle class, yet maintains the fiscal discipline to build our rainy day fund that will protect us against economic downturns or irresponsible actions by the federal government. In this budget, we invest substantially in our schools, increase college enrollment and availability of financial aid, improve access to healthcare and childcare, provide much needed immigration services to counter federal actions, bring safe drinking water for those communities most in need, and provide much needed tax relief for so many struggling working families. However, despite our successes, we continue to neglect our growing affordable housing crisis that now threatens our economic stability and the very measures we have taken to combat poverty and protect our working class. As we head towards the final months of the 2017 legislative session, we must work together and pass legislation that will address this crisis immediately.”
Assemblymember Bloom served as the Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation, which was directly responsible for the appropriations in the areas of natural resources and transportation.