Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra Votes to Approve Budget, Expands EITC for Northeast San Fernando Valley Residents 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – On the heels of the legislature approving the state budget, Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D- Pacoima) lauded a balanced, on-time budget that brings much-needed resources to the Northeast San Fernando Valley.

“Today’s vote is a step towards improving the lives of residents in the Northeast San Fernando Valley and bringing vital services to our community,” said Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Los Angeles).  “We are expanding the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which at a minimum, immediately benefits over 12,000 households in my district.  And we keep the Middle Class Scholarship in place for students attending a UC or CSU.”

Items in the state budget will:

  • Increase funding for K-12 schools, community colleges, UC and CSU;
  • Expand access to preschool and child care services by increasing the income eligibility, so that working parents have trusted support;
  • Increase college affordability by maintaining the Middle Class Scholarship and creating guided pathways for students to earn degrees;
  • Expand California’s Earned Income Tax Credit to support more working families, including self-employed parents in the Northeast San Fernando Valley;
  • Make investments in and deliver wrap-around resources to vulnerable populations, including victims of human trafficking and domestic violence;
  • Develop long-term strategies to continue making progressive improvements, such as combatting poverty, eliminating dependence on student borrowing, and lowering prison costs.

“We continue to balance the budget, pad the rainy-day reserve, and make wise investments to grow our economy, create jobs, and train our workforce,” said Assemblymember Bocanegra.  “And more importantly, this budget will take care of the hard-working residents of the 39th District.”

Raul Bocanegra is the Democratic Majority Whip in the California State Assembly.  He represents the 39th Assembly District, which includes the Los Angeles communities of Arleta, Granada Hills, Lakeview Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Shadow Hills, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar and the City of San Fernando.