Assemblymember David Chiu (D - San Francisco) today issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom announced his proposed budget for the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year:
“Today is a stark reminder of how different life was just one year ago. Despite an ongoing pandemic and difficult economic circumstances, Governor Newsom has used this budget to make wise investments and safeguard our social safety net.
I appreciate the Governor’s continuing commitment to addressing our housing crisis. With the continued funding for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and the new housing accountability unit within the Housing and Community Development Department, California will be able to continue to build affordable housing and work towards reducing our overall housing shortage.
The Governor’s proposal to spend $1.75 billion on housing for individuals experiencing homelessness is meaningful and a much-welcome increase in funding over previous years. Additionally, my office will be working closely with the Administration to ensure California extends eviction protections beyond January 31 to keep renters housed.
Through this budget, California is working to support our residents during the pandemic with $4.4 billion for COVID testing and vaccine distribution, direct stimulus payments, a robust small business grant program, and fee waivers for the hardest-hit sectors of our economy. The unprecedented investment in K-12 education and emergency grants for California college students will go a long way towards supporting our students during this incredibly challenging time.
While no budget is perfect, this proposal is good news for California. I look forward to working with colleagues to get emergency support out the door immediately and pass a final budget in June.”