|August 13, 2022|
Governor Newsom’s budget revise tips the scales at $300 billion
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Governor Gavin Newsom Friday set forth a revised budget that he claims will provide relief from rising inflation, ensure public safety, addresses homelessness, transforms public education, and combats climate change.
It comes in at an eye-popping $300.7 billion.
The Blueprint includes an $18.1 billion inflation relief package aimed at putting money back into the pockets of Californians and bring down costs for families.
• $18.1 Billion Inflation Relief in direct payments to help address inflation, help people pay their utility bills and rent, and reduce costs like health care and child care.
• $47.1 billion climate commitment - an increase of $32 billion this year - to tackle pollution, build climate resilient water supplies, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, ensure grid reliability and accelerate clean energy solutions, and protect communities from extreme heat.
• $660 million to ensure public safety with funding for new officers and mental health support for law enforcement, support for victims of sex trafficking, cracking down on internet crimes against children, and tackling the opioid crisis.
• $14.7 million to confront homelessness and the mental health crisis with investments to help get people off our streets and into the services and care they need, focusing particularly on Californians who suffer from mental health and substance use disorders.
• $37 billion to rebuild California with money for infrastructure including broadband and new housing, as well as a historic investment of $128.3 billion to transform public education.
The administration said in its economic forecast that growth predictions have been “slightly downgraded” since its last report in January. A big downturn, it warned, could have “important consequences for the Administration’s revenue forecast.”
Inland Empire Democrats heaped praise on the new budget.
Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland)
“I applaud Gov. Gavin Newsom for his strong focus in the May Revise on public safety, which addresses both dealing with current concerns such as the fentanyl scourge as well as prevention.”
Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside)
“I am happy to see the Governor’s commitment to housing, public health, economic recovery, reproductive rights, and tackling inflation. However, this is the year we must truly invest in California’s values.”
Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino)
“Unfortunately, I do not believe that this May Revise prioritizes the needs of working families to access schooling and care options for their young children that allow for flexible hours, such as early drop-off, late pick-up, weekend care or year-round care.”
Story Date: May 15, 2022