Legislators react to prudent budget: County lawmakers cautious of uncertainty; urge focus on housing, transportation

After Gov. Jerry Brown warned of fiscal and political uncertainties in light of a new president and the state’s precarious budget leaning toward a nearly $1.6 billion deficit, San Mateo County lawmakers expressed caution while also urging momentum to address pertinent priorities like housing and transportation.

Brown unveiled his proposed $179.5 billion spending plan Tuesday, kicking off negotiations with legislators before the 2017-18 fiscal year budget is finalized in the coming months.