California lawmakers have spent recent days celebrating a windfall -- a $6.6 billion revenue surge that is the first sign of a slow economic recovery.
Some in Sacramento are already attempting to use the surge as evidence that Governor Brown's calls to make meaningful changes in our broken budget system are unnecessary, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
California is still facing a critical budget crisis, and $6.6 billion dollars is more like a band-aid than a cure for what ails us.
As part of the path forward to reform and fix the budget process in California, California Forward has long argued that one of the most important things our legislature can do is to manage our volatile revenue stream more responsibly.
This unexpected surge just demonstrates how volatile California's revenue stream is year to year. The $6.6 billion would be well spect on effective programs that will help our state make it through tougher times.
It's time for Governor Brown and the legislature to agree on an honestly balanced budget that will keep California competitive.
Stand with California Forward and call on Sacramento to pass common sense budget solutions.