Senator Leyva Issues Statement On Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal

Monday, January 10, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2022-23 budget proposal:

“Today’s budget proposal by Governor Newsom certainly prioritizes the current and ongoing needs of California residents.  In particular, I appreciate his continued focus on strengthening access to childcare, addressing the climate crisis, and improving education.”

“This budget includes over $300 million to support much needed rate increases for childcare providers who have remained committed to our youngest learners throughout this pandemic.  I am pleased that the steps necessary to reach reimbursement rate reform are in the proposed budget, as set forth in SB 246 (Leyva) and the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care.  Paying dignity wages to providers is long overdue and a statement of our values. I am also pleased that the budget includes tens of thousands of additional subsidized slots, bringing the total number of childcare slots to over 145,000.”

“As a member of the California Air Resources Board and strong advocate for cleaning California’s air and environment, I applaud the inclusion of $7.6 million in the budget to further implement the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program created by SB 210 (Leyva) which requires a smog check program for heavy duty trucks.  While I am thankful for the money in this budget that will help get cleaner cars and trucks on the road and expand green jobs, we also need to make sure that we do all we can to retire our dirtiest vehicles from California’s roads and out of our comminutes. I continue to encourage the Governor and his Administration to ensure that our climate change solutions and investments are community based and driven.”

“As chair of the Senate Education Committee, I am delighted by the historic funding for education, which will continue to set California as an educational leader across the nation.  Specifically, I celebrate the additional option for an ADA hold-harmless, as well as investments in green school buses, $373 million for early learning rate reform, additional $3.4 billion for expanded learning, $1.5 billion for new career pathways, $500 million for special education, and addressing the total cost of attendance in higher education through efforts such as student housing.  Together—along with many other priorities—we will further improve the quality of education for California students and the day-to-day reality for schools in our state.”

“As the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact California residents, businesses and communities, I will work with my colleagues to ensure an ongoing forceful and targeted response.  In the weeks and months ahead, I look forward to working with the Governor and his Administration—as well as legislative leadership and colleagues—to again analyze and pass an on-time balanced budget by the June 15th deadline so that we may continue to improve the lives of residents in the 20th State Senate District and across California.”