Assemblyman Rudy Salas responded to the governor's revised budget announcement Thursday, releasing a statement saying:
Californians are working hard to overcome this pandemic.
Due to the state’s historic budget reserves that were saved for an economic downturn, the state will be able to weather some of the financial damages of COVID-19.
Our priority needs to be getting people back to work which is why I authored AB 1842, the California Works and Recovery Act, which will create widespread economic solutions to reinvigorate our economy and generate revenue to fund our public education system, economic recovery efforts, healthcare, public safety, and assistance for those who have been hit hardest by COVID-19.”
Governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday his latest budget proposal is a response to economic changes that have taken place this far, since Jan. up to May, including the devastating toll COVID-19 has taken on our residents and our economy.
The budget deficit of $54 billion for exceeds the size of the $16 billion set aside in the state's Rainy Day Fund, and garners budget cuts across various programs in the state while also keeping in tact and protecting public health and safety and public education.