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California Budget: Sen. Dodd Responds to May Revise

Jun 11, 2021 12:00AM ● By Paul Payne, Office of Senator Bill Dodd

“California is poised for rapid economic recovery"

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG)  – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement upon the release of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised $267.8 billion budget, which invests money from an unprecedented surplus in pandemic recovery while supporting essential services such as schools, drought relief and wildfire protection.

“California is poised for rapid economic recovery as we invest in key areas including jobs creation, aid to working families and the reopening of our public school system,” Sen. Dodd said. “At the same time, we face challenges from a looming drought and a potentially destructive wildfire season. I’m happy to see this budget doubles down on mitigation efforts in those areas. I look forward to working with the governor and legislative colleagues to fine-tune this proposal in the month ahead.”

Gov. Newsom’s budget is bolstered by a record $100 billion surplus. These revenues form the basis of a strong COVID-19 recovery plan, which includes money for families and small business, leaving a historic $24.4 billion reserve.  Highlights include: $93 billion to K-12 education for a record $14,000 per pupil. Includes phase-in of universal transitional kindergarten by 2023. $12 billion in tax rebates to two-thirds of Californians. People earning up to $75,000 a year will receive $600 checks with an additional $500 for families with children. $12 billion to address homelessness and get 65,000 people off the streets. Supports projects Roomkey and Homekey. $6.2 billion tax cut to small businesses. $3.5 billion in new mental health housing and beds.  $5.2 billion for rent relief for low-income people. $5.1 billion in drought relief. $2 billion in utilities and water debt relief. Includes assistance sought under Sen. Dodd’s water access and equity bills, SB 222 and SB 223. $7 billion for broadband expansion. Advances access consistent with Sen. Dodd’s SB 556 to help bridge the Digital Divide. $1.2 billion for wildfire prevention, preparedness and response. Includes $7.4 million for expansion of the Wildfire Forecast and Threat Intelligence Integration Center created by Sen. Dodd’s SB 209 in 2019.