Governor Brown’s budget once again misses the mark to protect middle and lower income families. Sadly, the revised budget fails to restore the Middle Class Scholarship, a financial life-line that, in many cases, is the only state funded financial assistance middle class students can apply for. Further undermining California’s hard working families; the revised budget continues the charade by shifting Proposition 56 funds to backfill other programs. These funds were meant to address the shortage of dentists, prevent and treat dental diseases, and increase access to quality dental care and healthcare for California families and children. It is wrong to make promises to California taxpayers only to break them.
Fortunately, the Legislature has an opportunity to restore the Middle Class Scholarship by supporting my bill SB 326, which will ensure that the Middle Class Scholarship will remain intact and continuously funded at its current levels.