After many weeks of hard work, my colleagues and I have passed a budget for California that is fair, compassionate, and responsible.
It is no surprise that 2020 has been a challenging year. However, I do believe that we can get through this together. I am honored to be able to serve our community during these tough times and I am looking forward to continuing to lead us through the challenges ahead.
Knowing that the State is facing a budget shortfall, I have dedicated the last few months in advocating for a budget that will not harm the most vulnerable, such as seniors, children, those with disabilities and struggling to get by. The budget that we passed is not perfect and does reflect potential cuts if we do not get the funding we need from the federal government. But the budget retains the level of services and safety net programs that we need to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 and financial challenges.
In May, the Governor proposed deep cuts to education, senior services, and services for those with disabilities. My colleagues and I did not agree with the cuts as we believe this is the time that people need services the most. I am happy to report that the final budget does NOT include cuts to education, retains funding for programs serving seniors and those with disabilities, extends unemployment up to 20 additional weeks, and provides local government with funding to help our homeless population. The budget also allocated funding for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.
Through collaboration with SEIU, I was able to secure funding to ensure that all in-home supportive services providers, many of whom work with those who are vulnerable, receive paid sick leave. I strongly believe that no one should have to make the difficult decision of staying home when ill or being paid. If you are interested in finding out more about the budget we passed in June, you can learn more here.
In this newsletter, you will find information regarding school re-opening, resources to help families going through financial difficulties, and general health and safety tips.
While you are enjoying the summer months, please remember that COVID-19 is still spreading quickly and it is important to follow state and local health and safety orders.
Please stay safe, healthy, wear masks, and keep social distancing. We will get through this as a community.
Assemblymember, 25th District