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Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo Releases Statement on Governor’s Budget

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo responded to the first draft of the Governor’s 2024-25 State General Fund Budget in a statement released today:

“Today, the Governor released his first draft of the 2024-25 State General Fund Budget.

While the Department of Finance estimates a much smaller budget shortfall than was originally projected, we still face a $37.5 billion deficit. Fortunately, our state reserves and “rainy day” fund will provide resources to lessen the impacts of otherwise inevitable cuts. As legislators, we have our work cut out for us to protect our communities and ensure we still deliver the services that so many families rely on, at a time when so many are struggling to afford housing, healthcare, and pay monthly bills.

I was pleased to see that despite the deficit, no cuts are proposed to behavioral health services, which means the most vulnerable Californians will continue to receive uninterrupted care. The Governor also preserved billions of dollars in recent investments to expand the state’s capacity to provide healthcare for those who need it most.

Our 3 Hs - housing, healthcare, and homelessness - will continue to be my top priority as we put forth legislative solutions while navigating this budget deficit. As budget discussions continue leading up to May, when the Governor will offer his revised budget, I will fight to ensure those who are struggling to get by get the support and services they need.”