Assemblymember Bloom Issues Statement on Governor Newsom’s January Budget Proposal

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SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D - Santa Monica) released the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s January Budget Proposal for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, which the Governor announced earlier today:

“Governor Newsom unveiled his January budget today – the California Blueprint – which provides a roadmap for the Golden State’s future. This marks the second year in a row that California has enjoyed a budget surplus and again, we see a host of historic investments in this $286.4 billion budget. As always, this budget is emblematic of California’s values and we see those priorities reflected in this proposal.”

“I applaud Governor Newsom for his focused priorities, particularly in regard to California’s mounting humanitarian crisis. It’s clear that we are not doing enough at both the State and local level to address homelessness, and the additional $2 billion proposed in concert with last year’s $12 billion is a groundbreaking investment. In that same vein, the Governor proposes $1.5 billion over two years to accelerate the development of affordable housing that puts people closer to their jobs, schools, and other amenities. I do hope to see more transparency and accountability surrounding the use of these dollars to ensure that the funds are being best utilized to help as many people as possible. I am optimistic that the Governor agrees that we must expand our toolbox in our fight to end homelessness by way of reforming conservatorships. I look forward to seeing what he unveils at a later date.”

“The Governor’s proposed budget also addresses the climate crisis. In addition to last year’s $1.5 billion allocated for wildfire prevention efforts, this year’s budget proposes an additional $1.2 billion over two years to continue investments in forest health and fire prevention with $400 million dedicated to address the effects of the year-round wildfire season on our brave first responders. The proposal boasts $750 million to address our immediate drought response needs and $5.2 billion for long-term water sustainability. In this same spirit, the proposal includes $10 billion to reach our goals for zero emission vehicles with a focus on clean energy and an oil-free future – all of which are imperative to California’s environmental health and future. I am also thrilled to see that the Governor will be including $10 million for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to complete the tunnel phase of the wildlife crossing that is crucial to preserving endangered wildlife. In my capacity as Chair of the Budget Subcommittee 3 on Climate Crisis, Resources, Energy, and Transportation, I am eager to review the details pertaining to these investments that aggressively address our climate crisis and wildfire prevention and resiliency efforts.”

“Additionally, I am encouraged by the broad proposed investments in the Governor’s budget: we see significant investments in education, small businesses, workforce development, transportation, public safety, healthcare affordability, and our ports – just to name a few.”

“I thank Governor Newsom for his leadership and anticipate the May Revise. Similarly, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature to help craft a budget that complements the Governor’s proposal and continues to address our State’s most pressing priorities and needs to better serve all Californians.”