Leader Atkins Commends Governor Newsom for Forward-Thinking Budget Proposal
SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s proposed budget:
“There’s a lot to like in Governor Newsom’s initial budget proposal, including the fact it reflects how a strong economy and progressive policies can go hand in hand. The Governor’s proposal provides a solid starting point for the Senate as we move forward with our public budget process. With record funding for education, solid reserves, relief for small businesses, and innovative ideas on climate change, public safety, health care and many other issues, my colleagues and I appreciate the Governor giving us the opportunity to start that process with a budget plan that is already so in sync with California values.
“I am especially pleased the Governor is building on the strong collaborative efforts we have been making on wildfires and homelessness, two of the biggest and most immediate challenges we face in California. These issues will continue to be a prime focus for us in 2020 and beyond.
“This will be my tenth budget as a member of the Legislature. I am proud that my colleagues and I, along with Governors Newsom and Brown, have moved California’s budget from one mired in quicksand to one built on a firm foundation of fiscal responsibility and visionary policy. Given the proposal before us today, I know we will be able to carry that forward.”
Toni G. Atkins is President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her tenure in the Senate in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Website of President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins: www.senate.ca.gov/Atkins