Medina Responds to Budget and Transformative Funding for the Inland Empire

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  • Julianne Cravotto
  • (916) 319-2061

SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement after the Legislature and the Governor passed the 2022-2023 State Budget:

“This is the biggest and most significant budget in state history. This year, our budget reflects California’s values and gives money back to the people and regions that have historically been ignored. This means expanding healthcare benefits to all residents, direct relief to tackle the cost of inflation, and tax credits for small business. As Chair of Higher Education, I am also proud California will reform state financial aid system, Cal Grant, and create debt free college.

“Finally, I am proud to have secured over $300 million for our region in the Inland Empire and beyond, including significant funding for UC Riverside and UC Merced, monies for Foss Field Park in Perris, and investments in our cultural sites such as the Cesar Chavez Community Center. It is time that California levels the playing field for our community. Thank you to Governor Newsom, Speaker Rendon, President pro Tem Atkins, our budget chairs, and my colleagues for their work on this historic moment.”

This week, the State of California passed the largest budget in state history. Among the numerous investments, the budget includes several statewide priorities that will improve the lives of Californians across the state. These include the following:

  • $17 billion in fiscal relief to Californians, small businesses, and non-profits, including $9.5 billion in direct tax refunds.
  • $200 million in abortion access and Medi-Cal coverage to all income-eligible Californians, regardless of immigration status
  • $700 million help local governments with resolving critical encampments and homelessness
  • $21 Billion to climate and energy investments
  • $314 million for increases in rates for childcare providers

Among the numerous provisions in the budget, Assemblymember Medina successfully secured over $300M in funding for Assembly District 61 and statewide for the following projects:

  • $201 million for UC Riverside and $112 million for UC Merced to increase enrollment, construct classrooms, and increase research in public health and climate change;
  • $25 million for the Cesar Chavez Community Center in Riverside;
  • $10.4 million for the Trujillo Adobe Development of the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation;
  • $8.5 million for the Foss Field Park renovation in Perris;
  • $1.5 million for the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two (Riverside); and
  • The enactment of legislation, AB 1746 (Cal Grant Reform) and AB 1764 (Student Housing Insecurity Act)

The Legislature and Governor Newsom have finalized the budget and its trailer bills, which have become law.