California Budget & Policy Center Statement on Governor Newsom’s Proposed 2020-21 Budget

Budget Proposal Advances Key Priorities for the State, Opportunities Remain to Invest in More Californians

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.

“Due to the state’s prudent planning and prosperity, policymakers also have the opportunity to help the many Californians who are struggling to live and work in our communities. Further investments can be made to help Californians with low and middle incomes who are blocked from expanding their own incomes and wealth due to a range of existing conditions and policies.

“The Governor and state leaders must recognize the urgency of confronting barriers to economic security for far too many Californians and make a continued commitment to investments, policy choices, and approaches to delivering services that can help more Californians share in the state’s prosperity.”

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