Assemblywoman Luz Rivas' Statement on Governor's 2020 Budget Revisions

Thursday, May 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta), member of the Assembly Budget Committee, has issued the following statement on Governor Newsom’s May Revision Budget Proposal:

“California’s once prosperous revenue projection is now faced with unprecedented setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to years of fiscal responsibility established by the Legislature, we have created a cushion for emergencies such as this pandemic. Years of fiscal conservancy will prove valuable by allowing the State to mitigate significant cuts to existing programs that support our most vulnerable populations,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “I applaud the Governor’s leadership that is based on data and science to prioritize public health, and small business investments to restart our economy. Some areas that I will be particularly focused on as budget discussions continue include what we can do to provide relief to undocumented immigrants, ensuring communities of color are not left behind, and addressing the ongoing homelessness crisis.”

“The Governor’s budget revisions incorporate several key issues that affect California including:

  • Educational investments to run summer programs that address equity gaps that were widened during the school closures, preparation for schools to reopen in the fall, and help support working families;
  • Preserves the number of state-funded childcare slots, and expand access to childcare for first responders;
  • Maintains the newly expanded Earned Income Tax Credit, to provide financial relief to working families whose annual incomes are below $30,000, and provides $1,000 tax credit for families with children below the age of six; and
  • Increases $50 million, for a total increase of $100 million to the small business loan guarantee program in order to keep businesses operating, preserve jobs, and stimulate the economy. 

“I look forward to working with my colleagues, Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting and the Governor to develop a comprehensive multi-year state budget that will drive California’s economy forward and overcome this pandemic together,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas.  

Assemblywoman Rivas proudly represents the 39th Assembly District, which includes the City of Los Angeles communities of Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar, and the City of San Fernando.

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CONTACT:
Judy Yee, Judy.Yee@asm.ca.gov, 916.319.2039