Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) provided the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2019-20 budget proposal:
“I am encouraged by the investments Governor Newsom has proposed to enhance forest management, funding for early childhood education and childcare for working Californians.
“I appreciate the Governor’s commitment to higher education. Not only has he proposed to waive enrollment fees for two years for first time students at community colleges, he also pledged to increase student enrollment at the CSUs and UCs and set aside money for campus infrastructure improvement projects.
“With that being said, California’s focus to bring more access to healthcare should start by expanding the number of medical residency programs available in the Valley and rural areas of the state, prior to further straining our healthcare system. Many are already struggling to gain access to healthcare providers.
“I am disheartened that transportation funding is in jeopardy if cities don’t comply with the State’s affordable housing requirements. Potholes and highway lane expansions shouldn’t be tied to affordable housing construction – especially when many projects are stalled for years due to California’s environmental red tape.
“I look forward to working with the new Governor in crafting a budget that is supportive of our vulnerable communities while encouraging growth, economic sustainability, and access to care.”