Assemblymember Medina Responds to the Governor’s Budget Proposal

Friday, January 10, 2020

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2020-21 State Budget:

“I applaud Governor Newsom for increasing ongoing funding for the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges. These investments are much needed and critical to keeping California’s institutions of higher education a pinnacle of excellence.

I am also thrilled that the Governor included significant investment to improve access to health care in the Inland Empire and Central Valley. These regions have historically lacked access to quality care. The budget includes $25 million ongoing to increase enrollment from 50 to 100 students at UC Riverside Medical School, as well as an additional $1.5 million to support residents. $15 million is also allocated to UC San Francisco to support and expand its Fresno-based campus in partnership with UC Merced to increase access to health care within the Central Valley.

However, California needs to do more to address the rising costs of college. We know that the cost of tuition is not the only financial burden students face and that college is not truly ‘free’ until we can fully compensate the total cost of attendance. I will continue to advocate for comprehensive Cal Grant reform in order to ensure we are meeting the needs of California’s most financially disadvantaged students first.

I look forward to the year ahead and working with Governor Newsom and legislative colleagues to fight for a fully reformed Cal Grant system that makes higher education accessible and affordable to our most underserved students.”

Assemblymember Medina proudly represents California’s 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris.

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