What's in the 2023-2024 Governor's Budget Proposal?
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his 2023-24 budget proposal on Tuesday. The plan addresses a $24 billion shortfall identified by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Office, and includes a $297 billion general fund. It prioritizes investments in education, healthcare, the homelessness crisis, housing affordability, climate change, and economic and workforce development.
The legislature has been diligent in preparing for a budget shortfall with smart, strategic and economically sound investments, maintaining our commitment to adequately addressing California’s challenges even in the event of a shortfall.
As Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No.4 on State Administration, I remain devoted to ensuring that California’s budget is a testament to our values. I look forward to working with the Governor’s Office and my colleagues in the legislature to develop a budget that guarantees equity, justice, and opportunity.
You can find my full statement here.
Below is a summary of some key investments proposed by Governor Newsom in his 2023-24 budget proposal:
- Invests $23,723 per student – the highest state per-pupil spending in our history.
- Funds universal transitional kindergarten, serving 450,000 children per year.
- Directs funds to ensure free meals for every student, regardless of income.
- Invest over $2 billion annually to expand subsidized child care slot availability.
- Advances programs like College Corps, Cal Grant, Middle Class Scholarships, and college savings accounts to cut costs of higher education.
- Continue historic reinvestment into public universities through the higher education systems – increasing seats, closing equity gaps, creating debt-free pathways, and improving job pipelines.
- Invests $15.3 billion to address homelessness – more than ever before in state history.
- Expands Homekey, encampment resolution grants and Project Roomkey.
- Increases the housing supply; dedicating state resources to enforce state housing law.
- Holds local governments accountable; ensuring cities plan for their fair share of housing.
- Improves state financing programs, targeting housing investments, providing technical assistance to rural, tribal, and urban areas, eliminating burdensome regulations, and leveraging land use tools.
- Advances a $48 billion multi-year commitment to a world-leading carbon neutrality goal.
- Protects communities from harmful oil drilling.
- Reaffirms commitment to deliver 90% clean energy by 2035.
- Accelerates the transition to clean energy, investing tens of billions to get more Californians into zero-emission vehicles and cut the effects of pollution.
- Invests in programs to protect Californians from extreme weather conditions, addressing the effects of wildfires, drought, extreme heat, flooding, and mudslides.
- The Governor’s budget invests $1.65 billion to create new apprenticeships, bolster training opportunities for jobs that are leading the clean energy transition.
- Brings increased attention and resources towards strengthening workforce development efforts for the justice-involved population.
- Creates new opportunities for a diverse health and human services workforce.
- Commits $15 million in General Fund ongoing expenditures at the Department of Industrial Relations to promote and support women and non-binary individuals in skilled trade careers.
- Provides an additional $11.7 million in special funds and 42 positions in 2023-24 and $6.5 million ongoing special funds for the Department of Industrial Relations to help address wage claim processing times.
The full budget summary is available at ebudget.ca.gov.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any other state matter, please do not hesitate to call my office at one of the numbers listed below:
Los Angeles: (213) 483-5252
Sacramento: (916) 319-2052
Assemblymember, District 52
Chair, Assembly Budget Subcommittee No.4 on State Administration
Chair, Select Committee on Young Girls and Women of Color
Vice Chair, Legislative Progressive Caucus