Governor Newsom’s proposed 2020 state budget includes increased funding for higher education, health care, child care and preschool, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and raising Earned Income Tax Credits, in addition to the $750 million earmarked for homeless services and rental assistance reported by the Los Angeles Times.
The proposal also cites the need for investment in the 2020 Census count, emergency preparedness, and supportive services for immigrants. The California Budget & Policy Center says a number of the proposals are meant as one time investments for 2020, with the hope of gathering more support from the public as programs are instituted or expanded. Other programs expanded in the proposal include California’s Paid Family Leave, Home Visiting and Black Infant Health, Medi-Cal (and screenings for Adverse Childhood Experiences) and Child Savings Accounts for Kindergarteners.
Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear), California State Assembly member representing the 33rd State Assembly District, which covers a wide swath of the High Desert and San Bernardino County including Hesperia, Victorville, Barstow and the Mojave Desert; he tweets @JayObernolte