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UPDATE: Education funding, state budget top Sacramento trip topics

Posted: March 17, 2014 10:08 a.m.
Updated: March 17, 2014 6:08 p.m.
 

SACRAMENTO — Santa Clarita Valley residents on their annual trip to Sacramento got down to business right away today after arriving in the state capital for two days of meetings with state legislators and other officials on issues of local concern.

The delegation of about 100 people from city government, school districts, the business community and non-profit organizations met with Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, who helped organize the trip, as well as Kristen Olsen, vice chairwoman of the Assembly Agriculture and Education Committees.

Olsen spoke to the delegation on education, saying that state government has accomplished a lot on that front this year and that 2014 will be spent on implementing educational initiatives.

Olsen is a big supporter of the new local control funding formula. She said she was also sponsoring a bill that would push the teaching of more computer science in schools.

Some members of the SCV delegation told Olsen there still was too much disparity in the base amount of money allocated to districts throughout the state.

Also speaking to the delegation was H.D. Palmer, deputy director for external affairs for the California Department of Finance. He spoke about Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2014-2015 budget, which is much more optimistic than it has been in several years.

The budget is balanced and calls for more money for K-12 and community colleges and no increase in tuition for state college students. It also calls for investment in what has been up to now deferred maintenance in existing infrastructure.

“We need to start taking care of what we have,” Palmer said.

The delegation also was invited to a reception at Wilk’s Assembly office and for a tour of the state Capitol building.

The group will meet with Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, at dinner tonight.

The two-day trip to Sacramento is hosted by KHTS-1220 AM and Wilk.

 

 

 

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