Assemblymember Frazier Releases Statement on Governor's May Budget Revision

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sacramento, CA Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) released the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2016-17 revised budget proposal:

“The Governor’s May Revision, while commendably looking to protect California against a future economic downturn, does little to tackle the critical need of investing in our most basic and important economic artery, transportation infrastructure.

“The Administration’s continual disregard for addressing California’s deteriorating transportation system in any meaningful way is akin to making the minimum payment on a maxed out credit card. The Governor’s focus on other issues has failed to allow for any change of his original transportation funding package, which through a weak funding structure, only serves to put out half the fire.

“I remain concerned that California’s aging transportation infrastructure seems to be a low priority for the Governor.  I urge the Legislature to keep a watchful eye on how the Administration chooses to use federal funds for goods movement. As stewards of the state, we must ensure this money is used for its intended purpose – to make improvements and advancements in shipping and transportation – and be cautious that the Governor does not divert funds for use on the only aspect of transportation he seems concerned about, high-speed rail.”

Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.