Assemblywoman Smith Comments on Passage of General Budget Bill from State Assembly

Monday, June 15, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA — Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) released the following statement upon her vote for the General Budget Bill today:

"As a former school board member tasked with responding to the economic fallout of the last recession, I know from firsthand experience the trickle-down nature of our State Budget and its deep impact on our local governments and communities. This budget represents hard, consequential decisions for years to come but also reflects our values of savings and remaining clear-minded about the future.

I voted for the General Budget today because there are significant protections to public education, which remains most vulnerable in the COVID-19 fallout. The Budget rejects a 10 percent cut to K-14 education, projects a per-pupil spending increase and seeks to mitigate the fiscal aftermath of school closures. When we face disastrous learning loss possibilities, we have no room to spare when saving student success outcomes.

The Budget also supports vital health and human services programs and will continue to deliver these critical services to Californians. You can see that in the additional support for telehealth and continuance of health care affordability initiatives such as Medi-Cal reimbursements. Under these circumstances, we must place our emphasis on our health care infrastructure.

I entered public service because I believe in doing the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people with the resources we have at hand. It's with this philosophy that I voted for this bill and against measures that would encumber California businesses and working families."

Assemblywoman Christy Smith represents California's 38th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Agua Dulce, Castaic, Santa Susana Knolls and North San Fernando Valley.

Contact: Danni.Wang@asm.ca.gov (661) 286-1565 or (913) 449-0802