- Susan Kennedy
- Director of Communications, Office of Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin
Sacramento - “The unprecedented state budget surplus is a testament to the resiliency of the tech-driven California economy, but it is also a stark reminder of the volatility and unpredictability of the state’s tax revenue system. The budget surplus can falsely suggest a healthy economy exists for everyone - which we know is simply not the case. The pandemic has shone a light on the deep inequities in our healthcare delivery system but also on a California economy that works for upper income Californians but not for lower income service workers who are confronting an affordability crisis- particularly pronounced in the high-cost Bay Area. The joint Assembly-Senate spending plan adopted today is a recognition of the need for investments in our people - with historic investments in K-14 education and child care, small business assistance as well as replenishing our reserves.
I anticipate additional budget actions in the coming months; including prioritizing spending within the $3.7 Billion Climate Resilience package that will fund many of the priorities outlined in the Climate Resiliency Bond I am joint-authoring with Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, AB 1500. As one of the primary architects of this package, I will be advocating for $300 million for wetlands restoration, as well crucial funding for the San Mateo County Flood & Sea Level Rise Resiliency District.
Another priority of mine will be ensuring that our developmentally disabled community gets the critical support it requires. As reflected by the DDS rate study, it is essential that we fully phase in $857 million in ongoing service provider increases, which will make sure providers receive fairer compensation and that families will continue to have access to vital services. In addition, we need to better track and measure outcomes for service delivery in the IDD arena, so I fully support allocating funds toward the establishment of an administrative pilot program at DDS, as outlined in my AB 813, to serve this purpose. I look forward to engaging with legislative leadership in negotiations with the Governor in the coming weeks as we arrive at a budget deal before the fiscal year starts July 1, 2021.“