Senator Ben Hueso on the Passage of an On-Time and Balanced $125 Billion Spending Plan

June 15, 2017

Sacramento, CA… Senator Ben Hueso announced today that the State Legislature passed a balanced and on-time 2017-18 State Budget that appropriates record levels of K-12 per-pupil spending, invests in public higher education, saves in the rainy day fund and focuses on significant issues such as improving our roads and transportation, and restoring  childcare increases.  Senator Hueso voted in favor of Assembly Bill 97 which cleared the Senate floor by a vote of 28-10.   


“I appreciate all of those who worked hard to pass a responsible and financially prudent budget that includes the legislature’s top priorities,” said Senator Ben Hueso. “Our focus continues to be reflective of our constituents needs while investing in our state’s roads and transportation goals.  Today’s passage demonstrates a commitment to our current well-being and our future.”  


Highlights of the 2017-18 State Budget include:

• The budget includes a total General Fund spending of $125 billion. 

• The budget adds nearly $3 billion to education for a total of $74.5 billion.  

• $2.8 billion towards improving transportation infrastructure and roads 

• Proposition 56, the new voter approved tobacco revenue will direct $546 million towards healthcare access


As Chair of the Latino Caucus,   I want to thank my Senate colleagues for supporting our continued fight to protect California’s immigrants against actions taken at the federal level,” expressed Senator Ben Hueso. “Today’s vote confirms our responsibility to protect the due process rights of people living within our borders which is fundamental to our democracy.  I look forward to working with the Governor to continue to support our priority bills which also benefit our hardworking families across the state.”  


2017 Budget Goals within the Senator’s District: 

• El Centro CHP office will receive $30.4 million for the design-build phase of their area office. 

• Veteran resource centers will receive an additional $5M 

• Childcare reimbursement rates will be increased by up to 16%. 

• Tijuana River Valley will receive a re-appropriation of $2.1 million. 

• Denti-Cal benefits will be restored for the first time in nearly a decade.


“My district now has the opportunity to continue investing in our children’s education, protecting its natural resources, strengthening our communities’ infrastructure and creating a great future for my constituents.”


Assembly Bill 97, which is the 2017-18 State Budget will be sent to the Governor for his signature and will take effect on July 1, 2017.