Senator Borgeas on Governor's Revised Budget: "The pendulum has swung"

SACRAMENTO – Senator Andreas Borgeas issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised budget released today:

“In January, I cautioned against the alarming levels of new spending and advised the Governor to take a more fiscally prudent approach,” said Senator Borgeas. “Due to the pandemic, the pendulum has swung from a surplus in the billions to a $54 billion deficit. We must seek ways to ease financial burdens on businesses and provide clear opportunities for the safe reopening of our communities, while focusing on Californians’ most fundamental needs.”

Yesterday Senator Borgeas and twelve Valley legislators joined together in a bipartisan appeal to Governor Newsom requesting legal immunity for businesses and employees from COVID-19 related lawsuits. They believe this action could inspire California’s economy to reopen without the cloud of litigation looming overhead.

Before Governor Newsom announced specific timelines for reopening and the guidelines for local counties to seek approval from the state, Senator Borgeas called for these actions in a five-point plan published in Cal Matters on April 27, 2020.