Assemblymember Medina Responds to Final Agreement Reached on the 2020-21 State Budget
SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement after the Assembly’s vote on the 2020-21 State Budget:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted California’s economy. We started this year with a projected budget surplus, yet the pandemic created a staggering deficit we needed to reconcile. The Legislature made tough decisions to develop a balanced budget.
“Despite these challenges, California has some budget successes that are worth celebrating. I am thrilled that the budget includes $25 million to support the growth of the UC Riverside School of Medicine. The Inland Empire has historically lacked access to quality healthcare and this investment is critical to developing the healthcare workforce pipeline in our region. This is of utmost importance as we respond to a global pandemic.
“The budget also includes critical support for California students. We were able to preserve the Cal Grant program, including the full amount of aid for students at non-profit colleges and universities. We also included funds to continue summer school financial aid at UC and CSU for another year, increase support for the Middle Class Scholarship to fully serve qualified students, and address immediate challenges brought upon by the pandemic by including $15 million in emergency aid for AB 540 students at the UC, CSU and community colleges.
“Additionally, the budget provides $645 million Proposition 98 funding for special education services and supports, which will more equitably fund special education across school districts.
“I commend Governor Newsom for his steadfast leadership during these tough times. I will continue to work alongside the Governor and Legislature to ensure that California minimizes the damage of this pandemic to the extent possible and that decisions are made with a focus on equity.”
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