Assemblymember Jose Medina Responds to the Governor’s State of the State

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s State of the State:

“The Governor delivered his state of the state today. I applaud his comments on our commitment to upholding California’s values and defending its people in the face of uncertainty. I also support his efforts to build a solid rainy day fund and provide moderate funding increases to all segments of California’s Higher Education system despite a projected budget deficit.

However, I remain concerned about the cost of a college education. Our state’s prosperity depends on well-paying jobs and a thriving economy. Both are propelled by the education and innovation that come from California’s higher education systems. Unfortunately, recent reports from the US Department of Education revealed that more students than previously thought have defaulted on or failed to pay back their college loans. This means that too many young people are starting out with insurmountable debt and suboptimal credit, which have long-term consequences.

I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature and the Governor to further the mission of our great state and ensure that the promise of a higher education is accessible and affordable for our students.

Assemblymember Medina proudly represents California’s 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris.

Website of Assemblymember Jose Medina: http://asmdc.org/Medina