Lorena Gonzalez and Christy Smith Call for $20 Million in Budget to Support California Arts

Thursday, February 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020) – California State Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) are calling for a $20 million budget allocation to help small community non-profit arts groups comply with Assembly Bill 5, the state's landmark worker rights law to stop misclassification and wage theft of more than a million Californians.

This additional funding for small, non-profit arts organizations will ensure we can more quickly transition to an economy that treats all workers fairly and with dignity,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said.

In a letter issued to the Assembly Committee on Budget, Gonzalez and Smith requested a one-time allocation of $20 million in the 2020-21 state budget to the California Arts Council for the administration of a grants program serving small community non-profit arts organizations that make a good-faith effort to comply with AB 5. 

One of my priorities this year is working with colleagues, employers and workers to address the implementation of AB 5," Assemblywoman Smith said. "I thank Assemblywoman Gonzalez for her attention to assisting nonprofit organizations and look forward to our ongoing work in meeting the challenges of transitioning business models.”

The Governor’s Budget Proposal includes resources to support AB 5 enforcement efforts. Assemblymembers Gonzalez and Smith, along with their colleagues, are taking an extra step to request additional funding to assist organizations in transition and help them through the first year of AB 5’s implementation. 

For questions or to schedule an interview, contact: 

Assemblywoman Gonzalez: Samantha.Gallegos@asm.ca.gov

Assemblywoman Smith: Danni.Wang@asm.ca.gov