Assemblymember Medina Responds to the Governor’s Budget Proposal

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2022-23 State Budget:

“I am happy to see a historic and unprecedented budget surplus, which will be used to tackle the crises of our time, including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and drought, homelessness, housing, and healthcare access. I applaud Governor Newsom for highlighting the major issues of our state and for ensuring that we create a more just and equitable California.

“As Chair of Higher Education, I am proud to see the Governor’s commitment to higher education and the goals of the 2021-2022 Budget agreement. As students have experienced numerous setbacks in the last two years, the Governor’s 2022-2023 Budget importantly addresses equity gaps, enrollment numbers, the digital divide, and mental health resources. I am glad to see that the Governor’s Budget further sets aside funding for student housing, foster youth, and builds on last year’s work of expanding the Middle Class Scholarship and Cal Grant.

“More than ever, today’s budget shows that we can achieve full Cal Grant reform. I look forward to working with the Legislature and the Administration this year to ensure that California accounts for the full cost of attendance and does what it can to modernize and streamline access to financial aid.” 

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CONTACT: Julianne Cravotto (916) 319-2061