Dr. Richard Pan Makes Statement on Governor’s Proposed Budget

January 7, 2016

SACRAMENTO- Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator from California’s 6th District, made the following statement on the Governor’s proposed budget:

“The governor’s budget proposal reflects sound budgeting choices California has made in recent years, and I appreciate the Governor’s fiscal prudence in eliminating debt and building budget reserves in preparation for future economic downturns.  I am pleased that there will be more money for schools to educate our children. 

I appreciate the Governor’s leadership on a resolution to the managed care organization (MCO) tax and funding for Medi-Cal expansion that is covering millions of Californians and undocumented children, but with 13.5 million Californians estimated to be on Medi-Cal by mid-2017, we still must address the unsolved problem of access to care due to severely low Medi-Cal provider payments and assure quality care for children and adults with special needs. We cannot afford to ignore millions of people who are unable to receive necessary care on Medi-Cal.

After years of neglect, I applaud the Governor for proposing $1.5 billion to make much-needed improvements to state offices in Sacramento.  In addition, I applaud the Governor’s historic leadership on climate change, and in the budget the State of California should demonstrate leadership by making investments to shrink the carbon footprint of the state government and state workers where they work and live."

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