Gonzalez Applauds State Budget Wins to Tackle Diaper Need Statewide
SACRAMENTO – (Friday, June 28, 2019) – In a major win for working class parents in California, the 2019-2020 state budget signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom this week includes relief from the sales tax on children’s diapers, which Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has championed since she was elected. The budget also allocates $1.7 million to open the state’s fifth publicly-funded diaper bank, located in Orange County.
“I’m so proud of the work we have done here in California to really tackle diaper need,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. “By passing a budget that expands our statewide diaper bank program and by repealing the sales tax on diapers, which we hope to eventually make permanent, we are setting an example for the rest of the nation of how to make a real impact in the lives of working parents.”
Last year, Gonzalez successfully secured a $10 million allocation in the state budget for four large food banks, located in San Francisco, Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego, to create or expand diaper bank programs over three years. California will now fund a fifth diaper bank at the OC Food Bank, following a budget request made by Orange County democratic state representatives Senator Tom Umberg and Assemblymember Tom Daly.
“For low-income parents trying to remain employed, something as basic as the inability to afford diapers can put them at risk of losing child care for their infants or toddlers, which can in turn put them at risk of not being able to go to work,” Assemblymember Daly said. “By supporting our funding request on behalf of a diaper bank for Orange County, the Legislature and Governor will help make a small but meaningful difference in the lives of many local residents.”
President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Partnership of Orange County Gregory C. Scott celebrated the new funding and said it will help add this additional service to bring diapers to their community and fulfill the partnership’s mission to eradicate poverty.
“Diapers are an essential commodity for any family, and this opportunity to provide this resource for the health and welfare of children and decrease the financial burden for families is essential. Outside of food requests, diapers are probably another one of our biggest request from those we serve,” Scott said. “Mothers who once struggled to afford diapers for their babies will now have a resource in Orange County to turn to. And this will help us continue to do our work to end poverty in our region, and ensure that families do not have to go without. We’re excited as plans are underway to launch this effort and to serve those in need!”
The 2019-20 State Budget also includes a two year repeal of the state sales tax on children’s diapers that is inspired by Gonzalez’s Assembly Bill 66, which would make this repeal permanent. Gov. Newsom indicated back in May that he would include Gonzalez’s diaper tax repeal in his first state budget.
For questions or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Sami Gallegos (209) 658-7617