SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas) released the following statement regarding her vote on the 2020-21 state budget bill that was approved today by the Legislature.
“Given the state’s current economic shortfall and sobering revenue projections, my colleagues and I approved a budget that allows for continued state programs and services while setting the stage for continued budget deliberations in the next two months. This budget relies on federal relief and uses state reserves to avoid reducing vital state services for families, who now more than ever need the support to stay afloat during uncertain economic times.”
“While the state still faces many challenges, this budget continues support for K-12 education and colleges and universities. As a mother and businesswoman, I think it is critical that we protect funding for education, childcare and after school programs. Parents, especially moms, cannot fully go back to work when our kids are not in school five days a week.”
“This budget also protects vital health and human services programs, and increases support for housing the homeless. We are in the middle of a pandemic and it is our job to protect our most vulnerable, including our seniors. So cuts to Medi-Cal, community clinics, hospitals, and our healthcare and in-home care workers should rightly be off the table.”