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Do You Agree with Loni Hancock's Statement on Governor's Budget?

Senator Loni Hancock issued a statement Thursday showing her support for Gov. Brown's budget proposal. Do you agree with it?

Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) — who represents several East Bay communities in the State Senate, including El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont and Alameda — issued the following statement in response to Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal for the next fiscal year, alloting more money for education.

I am pleased that Governor Brown has chosen to significantly increase funding for K-12 education and colleges and universities in his budget proposal. Schools and colleges have been drastically affected by devastating budget cutbacks in recent years. It is vital to California’s future that we continue to invest in our children.

As chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary, I fully concur with the Governor’s intent to reduce spending on incarceration. We’ve made great strides over the past two years to reduce population in our prisons and improve the quality of medical and mental health treatment. We need to maintain that commitment while focusing our budget priorities on educating our young people.

I am, however, very concerned that we don’t restrict access to our court system by further budget cuts. The courts are not just another state department. They are the third branch of constitutional government and it’s vital that they have the funds to function effectively. In recent years, courthouses throughout the state have been forced to close their doors and reduce hours. This cannot continue. They must be adequately funded.

On a personal level, I’d just like to say that this will be the first time in my ten years in the State Legislature that we won’t have to make tens of billions in cuts to vital programs. We’ve turned the corner. I am optimistic that California will begin to rebuild and reinvest, and once again be ‘The Golden State.’

We want you to weigh in...

Do you agree with Hancock's statement? Is reduced spending on prisons and more money for education the right move? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Giorgio C. January 12, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Yes, these schools need money, but I would like to hear Senator Hancock's analysis as to why California failed to get the NCLB waiver. This one item has practically been swept under the rug when a thorough inquiry by our elected officials is warranted. The sticking point was linking teacher evaluations with student performance. If done right, this could be the best thing for the teachers themselves and all involved.
Giorgio C. January 12, 2013 at 11:28 PM
I think linking teacher evaluations to student performance would be more damaging to the CA Dept. of Ed than it would be to the teachers themselves who are often being placed in absrdly impossible situations. The teacher unions should tell CA that they are ready for these evaluations today.
Jim Faison January 15, 2013 at 09:36 PM
A good college GPA will get you into a. nursing school b. teacher college or c. physical therapy at Merritt. They want a Masters or Phd. in those fields, but then would have to pay more, so school districts 'hire on the cheap'. Good GPAs does not equal 'classroom management skills' or 'empathy with children needed to be a teacher. If those who can't do it get 'bounced', they have ended up as 'real estate ladies'. Others go into 'management' which at the school means counselor then vice p rincipal, unable to select good teachers as they look for GPA.
Jim Faison January 15, 2013 at 09:39 PM
1221 Fallon Street, Registrar of Voters, Alameda county has her list of contributors. That is the 'lobby' which pulls her mouth strings
Jim Faison January 17, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Three times more likely for 'illegals' to cause/involvement in traffic accident. Do they go to jail for having no license, no registration, no insurance? No. Loni could help legistlate that. Rather than less than one year for a misdemeanor for a 'county jail' sentence, rather a 'felony', and a 'prison' sentence. The guy who thinks that if an illegal doesn't get our money for elementary school education, they will be destined for 'jaill'. More liberal 'mis information/propaganda'.

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