Statement by State Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) on Governor’s January Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO — State Senator John Laird, chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education released the following statement today regarding Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent January Budget proposal for 2024-2025.


“Having been through very difficult budgets in my past legislative and administrative service, I know that the legislature and Governor cannot dodge making difficult choices in this year’s budget process. And with deficits projected in the next few years as well, we will have to balance this coming year’s budget, but help cut the projected deficits in future years in the process. Obviously, we will not want to take steps back in education, health care, climate, homelessness, firefighting, public safety and other places we have made so much progress in recent years, but it will be hard not to have everyone participate in bringing our budget into balance for this year and future years.”



Senator John Laird represents the 17th State Senate District, which includes all of Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo counties, as well as parts of Santa Clara and Monterey counties. More information on Senator Laird can be found here.