Sen. Dodd Responds to Governor’s Budget
SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, released the following statement today regarding Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2020-21 state budget:
“I appreciate Gov. Newsom’s continued investment in wildfire prevention and emergency preparedness. This budget makes critical investments in bolstering education, combating homelessness, and saving for a rainy day. I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues in the Legislature to build on this framework.”
Highlights of the governor’s proposed $222.2 billion budget include:
- $1 billion emergency response budget with millions for wildfire prevention and response, including almost $9 million for implementing Sen. Dodd’s SB 209, creating the California Wildfire Forecast and Threat Intelligence Integration Center
- $84 billion for K-12 education funding which will support teacher retention and training; $786 million for higher education to increase enrollment and degree completion
- More than $1 billion to address homelessness and billions more to improve and expand the state’s housing stock
- $21 billion in total reserves including $18 billion rainy with a commitment to avoid one-time revenue for ongoing expenses.
The budget must be passed by the Legislature by June 15 and signed by the governor by July 1.
Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Yolo, Sonoma, Solano, Sacramento and Contra Costa counties. More information on Senator Bill Dodd can be found at www.senate.ca.gov/dodd.