LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom announced his revised budget proposal.
“As we emerge from a global pandemic that disproportionately impacted our most vulnerable communities, particularly communities of color, we are now transitioning into a long-anticipated recovery from this virus.
The unveiling of Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised budget proposal of the $100 billion dollar California Comeback Plan is a testament to California’s values and a direct investment in our people, ensuring every resident regardless of their immigration status, residence or background can succeed.
This revised budget includes funding for some of the most pressing issues in our State and for our County, including:
- Immediate relief for residents and small businesses: Includes an additional $8.1 billion in stimulus checks — for a total of nearly $12 billion — that will go directly to residents who earn zero to $75,000 annually, including middle class Californians and families. Nearly two thirds of Californians will now qualify for a stimulus check of $600. Families with kids will receive an additional $500. For businesses, this plan invests an additional $1.5 billion for a total of $4 billion in direct grants to California’s small businesses.
- Confronting homelessness and the housing affordability crisis: Invests $12 billion to helping more than 65,000 people get off the streets or avoid homelessness altogether, including a $3.5 billion investment to end family homelessness within five years; bringing online more than 46,000 homeless housing units and 5,000 new affordable homes; leveraging partnerships with local governments to move people out of unsafe, unhealthy encampments and cleaning up litter and commissioning public art to beautifying the State.
- Transforming public schools as gateways for opportunity: Establishes free universal transitional kindergarten to all four year old Californians, creates child savings accounts for 3.7 million low-income children in public school, and drives down costs of college by reducing costs for student housing and textbooks.
- Building infrastructure for the next century: Includes $7 billion to provide broadband service across the State and an $11 billion investment to build a modernized transportation system.
- Combating wildfires and tackling climate change: Includes $2 billion in emergency preparedness investments, $5.1 billion in drought support, $3.2 billion package to reach California’s zero-emission vehicle goals, and a historic $1.3 billion investment to prepare for extreme heat, sea level rise and address environmental injustices.
- Environmental Justice: Includes an increase of $200 million to clean up contaminated properties throughout the State, and $291 million dedicated to cleanup additional properties near the former Exide lead battery recycling facility in the City of Vernon, as well as a potential $132 million if additional funding is needed. This builds on the $31.4 million that the Governor proposed in his January budget.
I commend Governor Newsom for this bold, comprehensive budget proposal that addresses core issues that pre-dated the pandemic and were further exacerbated as a result of historic disinvestments in vulnerable communities. With this budget, we are taking one giant step forward, only this time, ensuring that every resident can take that step together.”
Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov
Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Deputy, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov