Bonta Statement on Governor’s Revised Budget Plan

Thursday, May 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revision of his proposed budget:

“A budget is far more than numbers on a spreadsheet; it’s a reflection of our values and our priorities as Californians. That’s why I’m truly pleased to see Governor Newsom dedicate so much of his revised budget plan to helping uplift the most vulnerable people in our state-- all while maintaining vital protections against a future recession by growing our rainy day reserves to record levels.”

Fighting Homelessness:

“We see the faces every day and we know there’s a crisis on our streets. No one should have to live without safe and secure shelter. This budget plan commits an unprecedented $1 billion to rapidly rehouse our fellow Californians including making greater mental health treatment available.”

Expanding Health Care Access:

“This budget proposal makes a down payment on achieving health care for all. Health care is a right, not a privilege; for all, not the few. This budget plan creates greater equity by expanding Medi-Cal to include adults up to age 25 regardless of their immigration status. But I believe we must do even more to cover all adults— particularly seniors, who are most vulnerable and in urgent need of health care. This budget plan promotes greater access to health care for middle-class Californians by addressing the growing costs of coverage with substantial subsidies to help pay for Covered California premiums. I fully support this because it shows how California continues to be a champion in healthcare by being the first state in the nation to offer such subsidies.  And all of our children deserve to reach their full potential, which is why I applaud the Governor’s proposal to fund screening for adverse childhood experiences and trauma."

Creating a Green Economy:

“We know all too well that Global Climate Change is an existential threat. The investments included in the Governor’s plan would accelerate our transition toward a clean energy economy by reducing diesel pollution and growing transit-oriented development. We must take bold action now to protect and preserve our own future and the future of generations to come.”

Supporting California Families:

“Promoting our California Values for families gets real in this budget plan. By expanding Paid Family Leave from six weeks to eight weeks (with a stated goal of getting to six months), doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income working families, and removing the punitive taxes on everyday necessities like diapers and tampons, we are supporting California families in bold new ways. I’ve championed these kinds of investments for years and we are now closer than ever to seeing them realized.”

Maturing the Cannabis Economy:

“Two and a half years following the approval of Proposition 64, California is able to see the results of our regulated cannabis marketplace. While still far below expectations, we can finally start spending new cannabis tax dollars to support equity programs, fund local communities in the fight against the illicit market, invest in environmental protections and support our youth and families, including $80 million to increase access to child care.”

“I’m so proud to be a leader in California, where these types of values-based policies are not only talked about— they’re acted on. At this moment, that cannot be said of our federal administration or even of many of our fellow states. In California, we believe that policies of justice, inclusion, equity and opportunity make us a stronger and more prosperous state.  As we have passed bold, progressive policies, we have grown to be the fifth largest economy in the world— that is no accident."

"This proposed budget is a very strong starting point. I look forward to the next step in the process as the legislature prepares the formal budget that will advance our values and serve the needs of all Californians.”

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader.

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