Sen. Skinner Issues Statement on Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget

January 8, 2021

California state Senator Nancy Skinner, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, released the following statement today regarding Gov. Newsom’s proposed 2021-22 Budget and expenditure plans for the current fiscal year:

“Thankfully, California’s revenues are higher than anticipated and not as dire as feared. This has allowed Gov. Newsom to present a 21-22 budget that makes the largest ever investment in K-12 schools and builds on funding enacted in the past few years that increased investments in health care, workforce development, housing and homeless services, and wildfire preparedness — issues that continue to challenge our state and will need our continued attention. Additionally, the governor is right in pointing out that California’s economy has an ongoing and stark equity problem: Those with high wealth are doing better than ever, while the percentage of California families that are low income continues to increase.

“And as we all know, the pandemic has inflicted devastating impacts on millions of Californians who have lost jobs and small businesses that have closed or been restricted. The governor has rightfully identified immediate economic needs due to the pandemic by prioritizing funding to get Californians vaccinated, help those facing job loss and eviction, support small businesses, and assist our schools open safely.

“As the Senate Budget chair, I look forward to working with my colleagues, the administration, and stakeholders as we roll up our sleeves and work out the details to act in the short term to address immediate needs and to adopt the full budget in June.

“And let me note that much of this year’s healthy fiscal outlook is due to the good work the Legislature, the administration, and the voters have enacted over the last decade that reduced our state’s structural deficit, built up a healthy rainy day fund, and adjusted our tax structure.”

 

Sen. Nancy Skinner represents the 9th Senate District, is the Senate majority whip, and is chair of the Senate Budget Committee.