The California Budget & Policy Center, a nonpartisan, data-driven organization with a focus on evaluating public policies and their effect on Californians with low and middle incomes, released the following statement from Executive Director Chris Hoene following the release of Governor Newsom’s proposed 2020-21 state budget: “Governor Newsom’s proposed budget advances a series of commitments to some of the most pressing needs facing Californians: a safe home to receive behavioral health services, accessing and affording health care coverage, and improving paid family leave so workers can care for their family members. The proposed budget also continues to strengthen the state’s fiscal health by building healthy reserves, paying down debts, and planning for the future.
“Governor Newsom’s revised budget continues the bold investments he first proposed in January that are necessary to create economic opportunities for Californians . . . While we applaud the Administration’s emphasis on fiscal resilience, we see opportunities to further enhance the state’s fiscal standing and extend support to more Californians in need.”
“Governor Newsom’s inaugural budget proposal calls for a series of bold and smart investments in broadening economic security and opportunity for Californians, while continuing to strengthen the state’s underlying fiscal health.”
“There’s a lot to like in Governor Brown’s revised budget, but also some really key areas where we could be doing more to invest in broadening opportunity and promoting economic security across our state.”
“In light of potential changes on the federal front and other uncertainties, there’s reason for caution. Still, as the Governor and the Legislature work to craft a final spending plan, there’s room in this budget to strike a better balance between putting funds away for later and boosting state investment now to help more households to make ends meet and climb the economic ladder, especially in light of our state’s highest-in-the-nation poverty rate.”