Berman Responds to Governor’s Revised Budget Proposal
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revision proposal for the 2021-2022 State Budget:
“There is a lot to be excited about in Governor Newsom’s budget proposal. California’s financial situation is far better than we could have hoped following such a devastating year, which is a testament to the resilience of those who live and work in our great state. However, millions of Californians and small businesses are still suffering from the impacts of COVID-19. That is why I am encouraged to see Governor Newsom proposing unprecedented investments in housing and homelessness, education, and small business support.
“In particular, I am grateful that Governor Newsom is suggesting the state make an ongoing investment of $30 million to establish a basic needs center and basic needs coordinator on every community college campus, recognizing that tens of thousands of students are struggling with homelessness and food insecurity every day. For three years, I have championed basic needs legislation and advocated for a coordinated, student-centered approach to address this crisis, including with this year’s AB 775. This desperately needed support will connect students with the services they need so they can focus on school, achieve their educational goals, and realize the benefits of a higher education.
“I also want to thank the Governor for his proposed one-time investment of $10 million on another student-centered initiative to establish common course numbering for all comparable courses across the community college system. I authored AB 1111 to implement this recommendation from the Governor’s Recovery with Equity Taskforce. This change will save students both time and money, as well as make it easier to transfer and reduce barriers to earning a degree.
“These are just a few of the highlights from a budget proposal that will spur the California Comeback for all 40 million Californians.”
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