Gonzalez Applauds Governor’s Proposed Investments for Working Families

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Proposed budget expands paid family leave, early childhood education and free community college.
SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019) – California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D – San Diego) made the following statement following the release of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2019-2020 state budget: 
“These funding initiatives show our new governor is committed to investing in young, working families. His focus on the earliest years of a child’s life by investing in preschool, kindergarten and child care will strengthen the future of California. And I’m thrilled to work with Gov. Newsom on expanding California’s groundbreaking paid family leave program. All workers should be empowered to use these important benefits, and the governor’s focus on program participation is critical. We need to pass full-wage replacement so working class Californians don’t have to choose between taking leave and getting their paycheck. 
“By funding two free years of community college, the governor’s budget also invests in Californians as they start their careers. We need to stop pretending that public education ends at the 12th grade. To have a prepared future workforce we must offer no-cost access to our great community college system, and I’m looking forward to working on this issue as a legislative co-author.
“Finally, it’s refreshing to see Gov. Newsom put forward some really bold ideas to force the issue of housing production to combat the affordability crisis.”
For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Sami Gallegos at (209) 658-7617.