New­som un­veils bud­get pro­posal

SCV leg­is­la­tors re­spond

The Signal - - Front page - By Caleb Lunetta Sig­nal Staff Writer

Newly elected Gov. Gavin New­som re­vealed the first bud­get pro­posal of his ad­min­is­tra­tion Thurs­day.

The $209 bil­lion bud­get pro­posal for 2019-2020 in­cludes pro­vi­sions for in­creased spend­ing in a num­ber of ar­eas, in­clud­ing Medi-Cal, wild­fire safety plan­ning and early learn­ing pro­grams for chil­dren, as well as a num­ber of other ed­u­ca­tion, so­cial ser­vices and home­less­ness pro­grams.

In re­sponse to the newly un­veiled pri­or­i­ties for the New­som ad­min­is­tra­tion, sev­eral Sacra­mento leg­is­la­tors, who each rep­re­sent a cer­tain por­tion of Santa Clarita, is­sued state­ments re­gard­ing the new bud­get pro­posal.

State Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, said in his state­ment he agrees with some of the pro­vi­sions within the bud­get, but ques­tioned how the state could af­ford these new pro­grams while ig­nor­ing oth­ers.

“I ap­plaud his at­tempt to think out­side the box and ap­pre­ci­ate that many of these pro­pos­als are one­time in­vest­ments, but was dis­ap­pointed to learn the gov­er­nor has con­tin­ued to fund the bul­let train, rather than use those dol­lars on more press­ing needs,” Wilk said.

In the lower house, Assem­bly­woman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, said she was pleased with the gov­er­nor’s de­ci­sion to in­crease fund­ing for things such as ed­u­ca­tion and wild­fire pre­ven­tion, while also re­it­er­at­ing his com­mit­ment to fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“I look for­ward to fu­ture con­ver­sa­tions with the gov­er­nor to fur­ther in­crease base level per-pupil fund­ing and how to bet­ter pre­pare for fu­ture fires,” Smith said.

Assem­bly­man Tom Lackey, R-Palm­dale, was un­avail­able for com­ment Thurs­day, but his of­fice stated that he agreed with the sen­ti­ments ex­pressed by As­sem­bly Repub­li­can Leader Marie Wal­dron, REs­con­dido, who had urged a word of cau­tion to the gov­er­nor Thurs­day.

“While Cal­i­for­nia’s fis­cal pic­ture this year is strong, the longer-term eco­nomic out­look is less cer­tain,” Wal­dron said. “Our state li­a­bil­i­ties are sub­stan­tial, so we must avoid over­com­mit­ting the state with pro­grams that will be threat­ened when our econ­omy slows.”

Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween New­som’s of­fice and the Leg­is­la­ture are sched­uled to con­tinue un­til the June dead­line.

The of­fice of state Sen. Henry Stern, D-Canoga Park, was un­avail­able to com­ment Thurs­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.