LOS ANGELES, CA – LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved the 2022-2023 $38.5 billion Recommended Budget:

“The resiliency of the County of Los Angeles is evident in our recovery from the economic impacts of the global pandemic. However, I know that for so many of our residents, recovery remains elusive. And for those who live paycheck to paycheck before COVID-19, their recovery will take even longer still – especially given the current rate of inflation. That is why I’m elated to see that this year’s recommended budget includes an increase to the County workforce by 513 positions as they’re good-paying union jobs, as well as the creation of the Economic Opportunity Department that I spearheaded, which will help ensure that we dedicate resources for employers, small businesses, and workers to strengthen the regional economy. I’m also pleased to see in the budget several programs and services that are important to the residents of the First District, such as ongoing funding for affordable housing, mental health resources, homeless assistance programs, mobile health clinics, employment support for refugees, workforce opportunities for youth and justice-involved individuals, community violence prevention initiatives, and funding to support Year 2 of the Board’s commitment to Care First, Community Investment efforts. The budget also sets aside funding for mental health treatment for individuals in County jails. We have done much these past two years, but we have much more work ahead of us – and it must be met with urgency.”

The Recommended Budget is the first step in the County’s months-long budget cycle, which moves next to public hearings in May, followed by deliberations for the adoption of the budget in June. The process concludes with the Supplemental Budget in October to make final refinements to the budget.