Senator Noreen Evans issues statement on Governor’s May Revision proposal

Monday, May 16, 2011

Senator Noreen Evans issues statement on Governor’s May Revision proposal
May 16, 2011
Contact: Christopher Moore | 916.651.4002

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his May Revision, an update to his proposed 2011-12 budget plan initially submitted to the Legislature in January. In response, Senator Noreen Evans released the following statement:

“The Governor’s May Revision recognizes a slight upswing in anticipated revenue from April receipts. While this is an indicator our economy is slowly on the mend and lessens our fiscal woes, it does not close our ongoing deficit and leaves much work to be done. In fact, the increased revenue receipts only account for 10% of the budget deficit we faced at the beginning of this year. The good news is, Governor Brown seeks to fully fund K-12 education at the Proposition 98 guaranteed level.

Unfortunately, last week the California Department of Parks and Recreation released a list of 70 parks to be closed statewide, 20 of which are located in Senate District 2. This is by far the highest concentration of park closures (30%) of any of California’s 40 Senate Districts. These closures will cause unimaginable damage to many local communities. While I understand the eliminations of certain state services are necessary to balance our state’s budget, I cannot support proposals that ask the people of my district to shoulder a grossly higher proportion of budget cuts, devastating our local economies. As Republicans in the Legislature continue to “just say no,” the financial burden on my constituents continues to grow.

I am eager to begin analyzing these May Revision proposals as a member of the Senate Budget Committee, and I am hopeful we can develop a more fair distribution of budget cuts.”

State Senator Noreen Evans represents the Second Senatorial District, including all or portions of the Counties of Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma. Senator Evans is Chair of both the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Legislative Women’s Caucus.

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