Assemblymember Salas Issues Statement on Governor Newsom’s Budget

Thursday, January 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s proposed budget: 

“Governor Newsom’s proposed budget builds a foundation for families and businesses by making critical investments in education, health care and affordable housing while preparing for the future with record-level reserves. I am pleased to see the $7.7 billion to address the homelessness and housing crises in our state and the continued support for Independent Living Centers, Agriculture education grants, water infrastructure, public safety, and Career Technical Education Programs.  I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Governor to advocate the needs of families and businesses in the Valley.”

Highlights of the Governor’s 2019-2020 State Budget include funding for the following:


$80.7 billion for K-12 schools and community colleges, a new all-time high
$576 million to support expanded special education services
$125 million increased subsidies for full-day, full-year State Preschool
$10 million annually for 5 years to place 3,000 disadvantaged workers in trade apprenticeships
$36.4 billion for higher education
$40 million to support a second year of free tuition for first-time, full-time students at California Community Colleges
$4.1 million for Agriculture Vocational Education programs such as FFA
Housing & Homelessness

$7.7 billion total to address housing and homelessness throughout the state
$1.3 billion to remove barriers and increase long-term housing production, particularly for low- and moderate-income housing
$500 million one-time for jurisdictions that site and build emergency shelters, navigation centers, or supportive housing
Health Care & Human Services

$158.6 billion for all health and human services programs
$50 million to increase training opportunities for mental health workforce programs
$12.7 billion for In-Home Supportive Services programs
$5.5 billion for CalWORKs program expenditures
$5.3 million to expand developmental centers and acute crisis and mobile crisis services to the Central Valley
$500 million one-time General Fund to build child care infrastructure, including investing in the education of the child care workforce
Business & Job Creation

$1 billion in a new “Working Families Tax Credit” to help families address the costs of housing, rent, and child care, which more than doubles the existing Earned Income Tax Credit
$2.3 billion to address emergencies and unforeseen events.
$15.3 million for Career Technical Education grants at the Department of Education
Public Safety

$35 million for local law enforcement training
$50 million to improve state's 9-1-1 system and State Emergency Telephone Number Account (SETNA)
$475.3 million the Division of Rehabilitative Programs, compared to approximately $300 million in 2012-13
$75 million for pretrial decision-making in courts

$168.5 million to provide technical assistance, grants, and loans to public water systems in disadvantaged communities for infrastructure improvements to meet safe and affordable drinking water standards
$10 million to address safe drinking water emergencies in disadvantaged communities
$10 million for the State Water Resources Control Board for technical assistance to a designated water system to achieve compliance with current drinking water standards
For a full summary of the proposed budget visit:




Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.