California Legislature Budget

Jul 01, 2020
California Legislature Budget

From: Monique Limón
Assemblymember 37th District

 


I write to update you on the status of the state budget. This budget is by far the most challenging budget I have faced during my four years in the California Legislature. 
 
Our work at the state level for the past months has shifted to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Legislature and Governor have approved a state budget for fiscal year 2020-2021. The budget adopted maintains funding for K-12 education, childcare, health, and senior programs. The budget also reflects the availability of additional federal relief, and uses reserves to avoid overcutting for the time being. Instead, the budget has a trigger to fund specific programs at higher levels, if the state receives $14 billion in federal funds, by October 15, 2020. If you would like to review the summary, please visit the Assembly website.
 
I know and understand families in our state are hurting, and that decreasing funding to vital programs has severe short and long-term challenges. However, the state is facing a $54 billion deficit and absent additional federal funds, the state will be looking at deeper reductions to programs. Budget discussions are expected to continue through the summer as a clearer picture of future state and federal revenues and economic trends become available. I am hopeful the additional funds will materialize to prevent the difficult actions the state would otherwise be forced to make. 
  
The future remains uncertain, but please know our office remains open and available to assist you. Many of you have reached out to express your thoughts on the budget and other issues. Please continue to contact my offices with any state related concerns at (805) 564-1649 (Santa Barbara), (805) 641-3700 (Ventura), and (916) 319-2037 (Sacramento).
 

Sincerely,

Monique Limón
Assemblymember 37th District

 

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