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 2021-22 State Budget:
“This budget provides a historic $48 billion investment in higher education. This critical investment will not only help alleviate the challenges brought forward by COVID-19 but help jumpstart California’s economy. An investment in higher education attainment is an investment in the future of California.
“I applaud Governor Newsom for his steadfast leadership and support of student success. The investments made to solve student homelessness and provide summer financial aid are monumental strides in addressing student basic needs, underscoring the true cost of attendance. These allocations further the Legislature’s goal of modernizing the Cal Grant system. This pandemic has exposed that the costs of textbooks, housing, and broadband hinder student success. If we want to use our higher education institutions as drivers of the economy, we must build up our financial aid programs for student success.
“I will continue to work alongside the Governor and Legislature to help address the financial aid challenges our students face. The May Budget revise showcases a strong outlook towards our state’s economic future.”
CONTACT: Cesar Gomez (951) 369-6644