Governor Newsom Releases First State Budget
Funding proposed for library programs and prison literacy
News From the Capitol: 1.10.2019 by Mike Dillon and Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyists
At 11 a.m. this morning, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference at the Secretary of State’s Office auditorium to present the first state Budget of his new Administration. Governor Newsom introduced a $209 billion proposed Budget, of which $144 billion is General Fund (e.g. versus “special funds,” etc.).
The Governor explained in detail numerous programs that were priorities for him, stating, “I want to do justice to the magnitude of the decisions. These dollars are attached to real people and real people’s lives.” He has focused a great deal of new funding in health and human services and K-12 and higher education, including early childhood education, special education, and providing the first two years free for community college enrollees.
“The message we are advancing here is discipline,” the Governor stated. As such, he has dedicated a large amount of the new funding to “one-time” enhancements (must be spent in Budget year 2019-2020), rather than “ongoing” funds.
The Governor is proposing the following:
-“Online Service Systems - $1 million General Fund one-time for online systems for use by public libraries to support efficient access to resources.”
-“Lunch at the Library - $1 million General Fund one-time for library districts to develop summer meal programs for students in low-income communities.”