Ting Statement on the Governor’s May Revise

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Sacramento - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement about the Governor’s May Revision for the 2020-21 state budget:

“We have learned from this COVID-19 pandemic that swift, decisive action saves lives – every day, every minute, matters. Countries, states and cities that moved quickly have seen the benefits and those that delayed have suffered dire consequences. We must act as urgently to help our residents who don’t have the means to weather the loss of a paycheck.

Before this pandemic, with most Californians working, we knew many families were unable to save even $400. Since this economic downturn, more than 4 million Californians have applied for unemployment. California must focus its fiscal resources to ensure those families are housed and economically stable. If we are asking people to stay at home, we must commit to keeping a roof over their heads. Support from the federal government will be critical, but we must chart our own course and make bold, creative decisions now to protect working families – otherwise, we will have to spend significant state resources to help them in the future.

The Governor’s May Revise explores many tough choices and is a good starting point for our budget discussions. I look forward to spending the next month working with our Speaker and my fellow Assemblymembers, the Senate and the Governor to deliver a balanced, on-time budget by June 15th.”

The Assembly Budget Committee released a preliminary analysis of the Governor’s budget proposal on its website.

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