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June 2, 2021

Top Democratic lawmakers announced Tuesday they want to rely on high tax revenue estimates to spend more on public health, undocumented immigrant health care, early learning and child care than Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed.

The plan budget committee chairs Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, unveiled aligns in many ways with the governor’s $268 billion spendng proposal.

But lawmakers and Newsom will need to haggle over some key differences between the two plans ahead of a June 15 deadline.

 

June 2, 2021

The Legislature’s proposal modifies Newsom’s plan to spend $4 billion in one-time funding, split between 2021-22 and 2022-23, to create a housing grant program that would expand affordable housing across the state.

Instead, lawmakers offered to create a $4 billion fund that could be used to build housing at the state’s public colleges and universities but could also go toward other projects, like building new campus facilities or expanding existing ones, said Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, chair of the Senate’s budget committee.

 

June 1, 2021

Democratic leaders of the California Legislature unveiled a state budget blueprint on Tuesday that would boost public schools and small businesses beyond the proposal made last month by Gov. Gavin Newsom, a move that is likely to set the stage for friendly but detailed negotiations before the June 15 constitutional deadline for action.

June 1, 2021

Asked whether Democrats are wary of pressing back on the budget considering the pending recall, Senate Budget Committee chair Nancy Skinner acknowledged a “difference in architecture” but like Ting reiterated the bulk of the Legislature’s plan lines up with Newsom’s.

“It’s historic in size and it makes bold transformative investments,” said Skinner, D-Berkeley. “We obviously incorporate much of the good work of the governor’s May revise.”

 

June 1, 2021

In a news conference, Assembly budget chair Phil Ting and his Senate counterpart, Nancy Skinner, said the proposal shows the fiscally prudent approach of the Democratic-controlled legislature.

“Responsible budgeting was one of our top priorities,” Skinner said. “Your cost pressures are reduced if you pay down debt.”

 

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June 1, 2021

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Democrat from Berkeley and chair of the Senate committee that writes the budget, said the Legislative Analyst’s Office’s projections have been more accurate than those done by the administration.

"If that means that we may have serious impacted revenues in the future that we have to cut it back, then so be it,” she said. “But to harm people now when we have the amount of money that we have would be wrong.”