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CSAC Shares Priority Budget Requests In Light of Record Revenues and Federal Funding

April 29, 2021

In advance of the May 15 Budget Revision, CSAC sent Governor Gavin Newsom strategic budget requests aligned to key County priorities this week. The May revise is a chance for the Governor to update his January proposal with current revenue and caseload projections. Between the $26 billion provided to the State through the American Rescue Plan and an unprecedented $25.3 billion projected budget surplus, California and Governor Newsom are faced with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make serious investments that will move the state beyond recovery and ensure strong foundations for the future.

CSAC’s Budget Priority letter includes a host of one-time and ongoing investments in critical infrastructure and programs. In alignment with CSAC’s key advocacy priorities, the budget request letter includes an $8 Billion one-time investment for Broadband Infrastructure and Digital Literacy programs. Also included are requests for ongoing flexible homelessness response funds, $500 million for Drought Emergency Funding, an additional $200 million for disaster resilience and recovery, as well as investments in transportation, public health, and elections.

CSAC has been in ongoing communication with members of the Governor’s cabinet and budget staff regarding these budget priorities. As the form of government closest to the people, County Boards of Supervisors and CSAC are prepared to work in partnership with Governor Newsom’s administration to create an equitable, sustainable, and bright future for all Californians.

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