Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Statement on Governor Newsom’s 2020-2021 Budget

For immediate release:

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom presented his proposed May Revision for the 2020-2021 Budget. Newsom’s budget lays out a plan to close a $54 billion gap due to the COVID -19 recession.  Assemblymember Chris Holden released the following statement:

“Today’s budget reflects one of the most challenging times California has ever experienced. I look forward to working with Governor Newsom and my colleagues in the legislature to address our shortfall and save our economy, while committing to shared priorities like education, affordable housing, and our environment. Our focus, however, at this moment must continue to be the health and well-being of all Californians during this COVID-19 Pandemic.

We must also ensure that local governments are getting the relief they need. They are on the front lines in the effort to slow the spread of the virus and providing essential services to their communities who are hit hardest from the pandemic.

Additionally, the Governor has committed to strengthening our resiliency plan in the face of an already changing climate. Investments to prevent catastrophic wildfires are more important than ever given our economic outlook.”