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Senator Melissia Hurtado responds to governor's budget revisions

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Posted at 5:26 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 20:26:22-04

Senator Melissia Hurtado called the governor's revised budget announcement Thursday a "harsh glimpse of the economic challenges we are facing."

Hurtado released a statement saying:

Today’s announcement is a harsh glimpse of the economic challenges we are facing and will continue to face for years to come. The May Revision proposes cuts to essential programs that will impact us all. In anticipation of this, my team and I have been working diligently with our federal partners in the valley to ensure the southern Valley has a voice in any or all stimulus packages approved. Now more than ever we need to pivot our voices for support of federal funding to fund critical infrastructure programs in water, healthcare, public safety and workforce developments in the southern central valley.

In Sacramento, I have also worked to refine my legislative package to create solutions in our valley to address the lack of access to health care, clean water supply and jobs. These measures will be the key to the long term success of my district and California.

While these economic times are changing lives as we know it, my commitment to the Valley remains the same. I will work with the leaders in our community to find bipartisan solutions to the problems this crisis has created. By continuing to be united and solution driven, we will rise above. Our great Valley has a resilient spirit unlike any other and that is what makes us Valley Strong.

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.