Published : Friday, January 11, 2019 | 9:27 AM
Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom presented his proposed 2019-2020 Budget. Assemblymember Chris Holden released the following statement:
“Governor Newsom’s proposal lays out a balanced and responsible budget that also reflects California’s progressive gains in these challenging times.
I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues in the legislature to expand our rainy day fund while investing in shared priorities such as education, affordable housing, and public safety.
The Governor proposes continuing the state’s commitment to increase early childhood education funding, including funding for universal preschool for all income-eligible four-year-old children. His budget would grow per-pupil funding for K-12 schools to more than $12,000. He also proposes $1.4 billion of new investments to support increased enrollment and a continuing tuition freeze at public universities.
His plan to address affordable housing and homelessness offers a great starting point which includes expanding the state tax credits to help spur development of low- and moderate-income housing and $500 million in new, one-time General Fund investments for local governments to build emergency shelters and navigation centers.”