Assemblymember Salas Issues Statement on Governor’s Budget

Friday, January 10, 2020

 

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s proposed budget:

 

“The Governor’s proposed budget released today signals a strong path forward for California with historic investments that will help working families in the Central Valley,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I am encouraged by the funding for alleviating homelessness, building reserves, strengthening water reliability and resilience, streamlining affordable housing, recruiting more health professionals, making our communities safer, and investing in our future through student education and early childhood development."

 

“The Governor’s proposed budget continues to address the homelessness crisis by taking a whole person approach for housing and mental health needs to prevent reoccurring homelessness,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Within the proposal, there is a historic $750 million in funding to help get individuals off of the streets and into supportive services. The budget also includes $695 million towards efforts to transform Medi-Cal to boost preventative health care and bring down costs. As we move forward with the public budget process, I will continue to support funding for the Valley so that our cities and counties receive the investments they need to alleviate the homelessness epidemic and improve the health and safety of our communities.”

 

Highlights from the Governor’s 2020-2021 State Budget totaling $222.2 billion includes funding for the following:

 

Budget Reserves and Resiliency

  • $21 billion total reserves.
  • $18 billion in the Rainy Day Fund and $19.4 billion by 2023-24.
  • $900 million in the Safety Net Reserve.
  • $487 million in the Public School System Stabilization Account.
  • $1.6 billion in the Special Fund for Economic Uncertainties to address emergencies and other unforeseen events.

 

Health and Human Services

  • $167.9 billion for all health and human services programs.
  • $107.4 billion for Medi-Cal.
  • $426 million to expand substance use disorder treatment for Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
  • $8.3 billion for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to provide temporary cash assistance to low-income families with children to meet basic needs.
  • $20 million one-time for Emergency Food Assistance Program providers and food banks to support increased food purchases.

 

Water

 

  • $1 billion to support water management and resilience projects.
  • $360 million for safe drinking water projects in disadvantaged communities.
  • $150 million to support lead in drinking water testing and remediation.
  • $395 million for projects to implement Groundwater Sustainability Plans.

 

Agriculture

  • $33 million to support advanced agricultural production and high-quality jobs in the San Joaquin Valley.
  • $200 million for grants, incentives, and projects to enhance agricultural lands for soil health, water quality, and resiliency.
  • $340 million in new bond funding to support Urban Flood Risk Reduction projects for the next five years.

Public Safety

  • $60 million annually for to supervise and provide probation services.
  • $21.4 million in officer training.
  • $476,000 in 2020-21 and $448,000 annually thereafter for the Department of Justice to provide legal services to victims.

 

Education

  • $900 million for K-12 teacher and administrator workforce development to address the teacher shortage.
  • $300 million for grants and technical assistance to the state’s lowest-performing schools.
  • $895 million for special education.
  • $36 billion in total funding to higher education.
  • $200 million increase to the California State Universities.
  • $217.7 million increase to the University of California.
  • $370 million increase to California Community Colleges.

 

Homelessness & Housing

  • Over $1 billion in additional funds to house unsheltered individuals living in California
  • $750 million for affordable housing for homeless individuals and families.
  • $50 million to increase training programs for mental health workforce.
  • $19 million to support rapid rehousing of homeless and housing-insecure students.
  • $6.8 billion total investment to increase housing production and housing services.
  • $331 million for borrower relief and support housing counselors.
  • $500 million annually for the state's housing tax credit program.

 

Infrastructure

  • $53 billion in state infrastructure investment over the next five years.
  • $3.5 billion for road projects, rehabilitation, and maintenance.
  • $51.4 million to improve school broadband connectivity.
  • $900 million over next five years to expand broadband connection to underserved communities.

 

Jobs

  • First-year exemption from the $800 minimum franchise tax paid by new small businesses, generating $100 million in tax relief per year.
  • $165 million over 5 years for multi-craft pre-apprenticeship programs to increase access to careers in construction.
  • Creates the new Department of Better Jobs and Higher Wages, which will consolidate boards, divisions, and branches of California’s workforce agencies to help educate and train workers for jobs of the future.

 

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Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.