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Senator Hueso on the Passage of an On-Time and Balanced State Budget

Jun 20, 2019 09:52PM ● By Paul Spear
Senator Hueso on the Passage of an On-Time and Balanced State Budget

Sacramento, CA – June 13, 2019 – Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced today that the State Legislature passed a balanced and on-time 2019-2020 State Budget: 
  
“As California’s economy continues to see increasing revenues, it is important to consider that our state budget is a reflection of our priorities. The Legislature’s proposal advances California’s values while protecting our taxpayers. 
  
“This year’s budget focuses on the revitalization of California’s middle class with an emphasis on fiscal responsibility. This budget proposes a record investment in education funding with the highest level of school funding and per pupil finding ever recorded in state history, while also adding 15,000 openings to CSU and UC campuses across the state, all without a tuition increase. 
  
“I applaud my colleagues for crafting a fiscal plan that keeps the Golden State on sound footing while investing in our future, including by emphasizing early child development with a $500 million investment for childcare infrastructure and workforce development. 
  
“I am hopeful that Governor Newsom signs our bill so that we have an enacted budget that represents these values.” 
  
Highlights of the 2019-20 State Budget include:
  • The total General Fund spending of $147.8 billion
  • The budget invests $30 million for additional Census Outreach
  • $242 million to fully fund the DMV’s efforts to comply with the Federal REAL ID Act standards
  • $450 million to increase Health Insurance subsidies for middle income families
2019 Budget Goals within Senator Hueso’s District 40:
  • $15 million for Tijuana River Valley pollution control
  • $5 million for suicide prevention measures on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge
  • $5 million for the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA
  • $2 million to conduct a campus feasibility study for Chula Vista (shared with three other cities)
  • $1.5 million to support the UC Berkeley Labor Center’s research efforts on the future of work
  • $8.6 million in building modifications at Imperial Valley College
  • $17 million for a new El Centro Courthouse
The 2019-2020 State Budget will be sent to the Governor for his signature and will take effect on July 1, 2019.
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