Assemblywoman Burke Applauds Investments in Education, Looks Forward to Smart Transportation Policy

For immediate release:

Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood) issued the following response to Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal today:

“As California’s economy continues to recover from the effects of the Great Recession, the Governor’s budget proposal released today represents a reinvestment in core services and infrastructure while building up our rainy day fund for future downturns.

“As Chair of the Select Committee on Career Technical Education (CTE), I am committed to ensuring that all California students are given the tools they need to succeed after high school—whether that means going on to earn a college degree, or entering the workforce with a skilled trade. The Governor’s budget proposal continues funding for the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant program: $900 million over three years — $400 million in 2015‑16, $300 million in 2016‑17, and $200 million in 2017‑18. This money will help develop innovative CTE programs that prepare students for the 21st century economy.

“The Governor is also proposing $200 million to support the Strong Workforce Program, which will enable community colleges to expand access to additional CTE courses and programs and to implement a regional accountability structure; and an increase of $48 million for the CTE Pathways Program.

“As the representative over Inglewood Unified School District, I recognize the unique challenges that certain districts have in educating students from various backgrounds. Continued investment in LCFF will help our most challenged districts get back on their feet.

“In particular, our students cannot learn if they do not have safe and clean schools to attend. I applaud the Governor’s commitment to dialogue with the Legislature to provide districts with flexibility to raise funds to fix their failing facilities.

“Finally, as a member of the Extraordinary Session Conference Committee on Transportation, I have spent the past several months focused on finding ways to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. I have a particular interest in making sure that we don’t just rebuild our roads, but we improve them as well.

“Implementing road diets and ‘complete streets’ principles wherever possible—adding new bike and bus lanes, enhanced pedestrian facilities, etc.—will ensure that all users have adequate access to our public roads, whether they are on foot, on a bike, in a bus, or in a car. With this approach we can reduce our carbon emissions and improve the health and quality of life in our neighborhoods, and save money at the same time.

“I look forward to working with my fellow committee members and the Governor on this important issue.

“As California emerges from the recession, we need to ensure that we continue our focus on core services, improving access to health, education, and mobility, while preparing for future economic downturns. I thank the Governor for his budget proposal and look forward to working with him and my fellow legislators in the coming months.”

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Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke represents the 62nd Assembly District, which consists of the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena as well as the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and parts of Del Rey. Additionally, the 62nd Assembly District includes the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey.

CONTACT: Matt Stauffer, (310) 412-6400