Assembly Democrats’ Budget Victories

The Assembly Democrats won $780 million worth of improvements to the Governor's revised budget that will benefit millions of Californians:


  • $380 million for a state Earned Income Tax Credit that will benefit 2 million low-income Californians – an Assembly Democrats idea that the Governor included in his revised budget in May
  • $15-million increase for CalWORKS Housing Support Program, keeping thousands of families and children out of homelessness



  • $40 million in 2015-16 to fund Medi-Cal for children, regardless of immigration status – an Assembly Democrats priority that was not in the Governor's revised budget


  • $97-million increase over the Governor's January budget proposal for California State University to enroll 10,400 more California high-school graduates -- $59 million more than was proposed in the Governor's May revision
  • $25-million increase for University of California, triggering when UC enrolls 5,000 new California resident freshmen
  • $10 million for 3,250 new Competitive Cal Grants
  • $33 million for community college Extended Opportunity Programs and Services
  • $39 million for community college Cal Grant B Access Awards, benefitting roughly 85,700 students



  • $265 million for 7,130 more preschool slots, 6,800 more childcare slots, increased reimbursement rates and improved quality – not included in the Governor's revised budget



  • As part of a $14-billion increase in funding for K-12 and community colleges, Assembly Democrats secured $490 million for enhanced teacher-effectiveness training