Governor Brown's announcement today of a budget with a surplus and increases in public education spending is a welcome sign of our state's improving fiscal status," Senator Mark DeSaulnier said. "I have seen firsthand as Democratic legislators have voted to make tough cuts to restore fiscal order. With our budget deficit closed, it is time to begin reinvesting in the most vital programs in our state, paying down our debt, and continuing to rebuild a stronger post-recession California. As we begin to pay down our debt and reinvest in critical programs, we must do so in a strategic and thoughtful manner. Governmental oversight and keeping a vigilant eye on spending must remain top priorities. I agree with the Governor's view that 2013 should be a year of fiscal discipline and living within our means.