Assemblymember Medina Responds to the Governor’s May Revision of the 2020-21 State Budget

Thursday, May 14, 2020

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

“It comes as no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted California’s economy. We started this year with a projected budget surplus and now face a staggering $54 billion deficit. However, California’s strict fiscal prudence over the last decade and investment into a rainy day fund and reserves have left us better prepared to weather this storm.

“Our state is committed to our core values as we head into this recession. I will continue to fight for our education institutions, healthcare systems, and for the safety and protection of our most vulnerable as we make difficult budget decisions. I will work to ensure that California minimizes the damage of this pandemic to the extent possible and that decisions are made with a focus on equity and strengthening our communities, especially within the Inland Empire.

“I commend Governor Newsom for his steadfast leadership during these tough times. I will continue to work alongside the Governor and Legislature to examine opportunities for reduction of duplicative programs and prioritize the funding of those with greatest need.”

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