Assemblymember Bloom Responds to Governor’s Budget

Thursday, January 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation, released the following statement today in response to Governor Newsom’s proposed budget:

“For the last eight years, we have successfully climbed out from a wall of debt, eliminated massive budget deficits, and made investments to improve the quality of life for millions of Californians.  The budget proposal released today by Governor Gavin Newsom continues this trend by finally eliminating debt accumulated over many years, further expanding our reserve, and investing heavily in affordable healthcare, early childhood education, access to higher education, and addressing our housing crisis.  As a member of the budget committee, I look forward to working with the Governor to advance these principles.” 

On Housing & Homelessness:

“I applaud the Governor’s commitment to aggressively confront our housing crisis.  Housing affordability is the biggest public policy issue affecting our state today.  Every day, communities are being torn apart and more people find themselves homeless.  Failure to act immediately will have dire consequences on our quality of life and our economy.  The initiative announced today builds upon many of my previous legislative efforts to increase funding and update and streamline local planning so that housing for our most vulnerable populations can be built quicker and more affordably.”

On Fire Prevention:

“For the last four years, I worked with Governor Brown to equip our firefighters and invest in forest health in order to combat wildfires that are exacerbated by our changing climate.  Governor Newsom recognizes that we have much more to do and I agree.  This budget proposal makes our firefighting aerial fleet the best in the nation, facilitates development of the most innovative fire detection technology available, and builds upon previous efforts to make our forests more fire resilient.”

Richard Bloom represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.