Governor signs SB 81
Mid-year transportation funding cuts restored
With the help of your letters, phone calls and demonstrations, state lawmakers got the message about the devastating effects of cutting school bus funding.
SB 81 was approved by both houses of the legislature and signed into law today by Gov. Jerry Brown. This bill restores $248 million to fund school transportation for this year by allocating those reductions to revenue limits instead.
The fight is not over, however. SB 81 restores this year’s school bus funding only. The governor’s budget proposal for next year calls for the total elimination of the state’s school transportation program. If we want to keep our school buses rolling next year, we’ve got to start getting organized in our local communities.
Now is a good time to start talking to parents and others in your community about the threat to school transportation funding. Set up ways to communicate with each other so you can keep in touch as the Legislature starts holding hearings on the governor’s proposed budget. Go to www.savemyschoolbus.org for more information and community resources. The more organized we are, the quicker we’ll be able to respond when the Legislature begins to debate this issue.
Save My School Bus Website
We have launched a new website and Facebook page for parents, community members and school employees to voice their concerns and take action. Go to:
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