Sen. Bill Dodd’s college student food-insecurity bill signed by Gavin Newsom – Times Herald

By Times Herald

Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, had his student food-insecurity bill signed by the Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday.

The legislation addresses the growing problem of college student food insecurity by ensuring low-income students have reliable access to nutritious food through the Cal Fresh program.

“Food insecurity is a serious problem on California college campuses today and this is an important step to address it,” Sen. Dodd said. “My bill will ensure students of modest means don’t go hungry by making it easier for them to receive public assistance. Students shouldn’t have to starve in order to get an education.”

Source: Sen. Bill Dodd’s college student food-insecurity bill signed by Gavin Newsom – Times Herald

California’s after-school programs still waiting on cannabis tax money – The Reporter

By Brooke Staggs

Supporters of California’s publicly funded After School Education and Safety programs — which educate and care for nearly 500,000 low-income elementary and middle school kids — were encouraged in 2016 when they heard and read the ads that supported the state’s ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

The good feeling didn’t reflect how they felt about cannabis. It came because the Yes on Proposition 64 campaign told voters — in advertising and in a statement printed on the official statewide ballot  — that one of the first beneficiaries of tax revenue generated by regulated marijuana would be after school programs.

And those After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs really needed the help.

Source: California’s after-school programs still waiting on cannabis tax money – The Reporter

2019-20 Budget Includes Balanced Investments – Cal Budget

On June 27, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law the 2019-20 state budget, an agreement with state legislative leaders that makes a series of investments in creating economic security and opportunities for Californians, while also fostering the state’s fiscal health.

The budget includes revenues and transfers of $146 billion for 2019-20. This represents an increase of more than $4 billion over the enacted 2018-19 budget, driven largely by the state’s continued economic growth.

The budget package includes a mix of one-time and ongoing investments vital to low- and middle-income Californian’s economic prosperity, including: a significant expansion of the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), additional investments in early childhood development, extending paid family leave, continuing to expand health coverage, boosting investments in the K-12 and state higher education systems, and promoting greater access to mental health services. The 2019-20 budget also provides funding for housing affordability and to address homelessness, recognizing that the high cost of housing continues to burden and destabilize many Californians. These proposals, individually and in combination, will significantly improve the health and well-being of millions of Californians, most notably low- and middle-income people of color, immigrants, and women and children.

Source: 2019-20 Budget Includes Balanced Investments – Cal Budget

Thurmond Praises Newsom’s K–12 Education Budget – Year 2019 (CA Dept of Education)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today praised Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised budget for fiscal year 2019–20. “Our Governor just announced the largest-ever investment in K–12 schools, with 45 percent of all proposed increased spending to benefit our schools. We applaud this commitment to public education, especially by adding funding to assist students with the greatest needs. The revision also makes significant investments in the recruitment and retention of qualified teachers, and supporting the financial burdens they face,” he said.

Governor Newsom proposed increasing K–12 education by $4.4 billion in non-Proposition 98 spending for the benefit of our schools, while Prop 98 funding is at $81.1 billion, the most it has been in years.“

I am pleased that Governor Newsom is placing a top priority on education and look forward to a strong, productive partnership with him, the Legislature, and all stakeholders in the next few years that will lift up all of our students by improving our education system and increasing the resources that go to our schools—today’s announcements prove his commitment to increasing funding for public education,” he said.

Source: Thurmond Praises Newsom’s K–12 Education Budget – Year 2019 (CA Dept of Education)

Gavin Newsom releases revised budget proposal today with huge surplus – The Reporter

By Katy Murphy

As Gov. Gavin Newsom today prepares to reveal his latest budget proposal for a state flush with cash, lawmakers and interest groups are watching closely to see how the governor proposes to spend — or save — what appears to be an unprecedented windfall.

At hand is an update of the blueprint the governor unveiled in January: a $209 billion budget that included a general fund of $144 billion and a record-high surplus of $21.5 billion. It offered more money for schools, child care, affordable housing, wildfire prevention and the expansion of Medi-Cal availability to young undocumented adults, while shoring up budget reserves and paying down some of the state’s sizable pension debt.

Source: Gavin Newsom releases revised budget proposal today with huge surplus – The Reporter

Governor’s Inaugural Budget Proposal  – California Budget & Policy Center

On January 10, Governor Gavin Newsom released a proposed 2019-20 budget that calls for a series of bold and smart investments in broadening economic security and opportunity for Californians, while continuing to strengthen the state’s underlying fiscal health.

The Governor forecasts revenues that are $8.1 billion higher (over a three-year “budget window” from 2017-18 to 2019-20) than previously projected in the 2018-19 budget enacted last June, driven largely by continued economic growth.

The Governor’s proposal includes a range of significant expansions in support of low- and middle-income Californians who are struggling to make ends meet and access greater economic opportunity, including doubling the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, working toward universal preschool for 4-year olds, investing in child care infrastructure, expanding health care to move closer to universal coverage, expanding paid family leave, boosting CalWORKs grants, and increasing investment in state higher education systems. Recognizing that high housing costs contribute to California’s high poverty rate, Governor Newsom also proposes a mix of policies and an expanded state role to address housing needs and homelessness. These policies would make California more affordable and more equitable for millions of Californians.

Source: Governor’s Inaugural Budget Proposal Includes Bold and Smart Investments, While Maintaining Fiscal Health – California Budget & Policy Center