May 282011

The California State PTA believes that the Governor’s May Revision proposal continues to point the way to a balanced, responsible approach that includes budget cuts, plus an extension of some revenues.

Although the headlines this week touted an additional $3 billion for K-12 education as a result of higher than anticipated state revenues, a final budget agreement is far from a sure thing.

While the May Revision is an important step toward stemming the tide of more than $18 billion in cuts to education over the past three years, the Governor’s proposal still must be approved by the Legislature, and the revenue portions require a two-thirds vote of both houses.

PTA members must continue to contact their legislators to urge them to support a balanced budget that protects public education and critical children’s services.

Our key messages continue to be:

►  Republicans and Democrats must work together to pass a budget on time.
►  We support a balanced approach that prevents deeper cuts to education and children’s services, because CUT$ HURT KIDS.
►  We support the extension of temporary taxes to prevent cuts and ensure more stable funding levels.

For Key points from the May Revision proposal, please click on this link.