June 12, 2013 Leave a comment
Sacramento – In an unexpected move late in the day on Monday, June 10, the Legislature took action on a budget deal recommended by the Governor to put a hold on funding for the popular and effective Safe Routes to School program.
The Conference Committee decision came as a surprise to advocates, who had been assured by prior budget decisions that there would be continuation of existing Safe Routes to School funding through June of 2014. Advocates repeatedly met with and expressed interest in working with the Administration on creating an effective Active Transportation Program structure that would at a minimum maintain the best aspects of the existing programs. Further discussions were to take place this summer in order to adopt a new program for the next year. The move on Monday pushes discussion and adoption of the new Active Transportation Program to all happen this summer.
Please take action now to save Safe Routes to School in California. Sign up to join our legislative update webinar on June 17th and make a donation to support the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s advocacy efforts in California.