SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath (D - Encinitas), released the following statement regarding her vote for Assembly Bill 74, the 2019-20 state budget bill that passed yesterday.
“This is a fiscally responsible budget that leaves $19.4 billion in reserves, including $16.5 billion for the rainy day fund, while still making historic investments in California's future with $81 billion going to K-12 schools and community colleges; providing 15,000 more of our young people the opportunity to attend a UC or CSU; and vital investments in emergency preparedness and response.
“We also made it clear yesterday that California stands ready to tackle tough issues like homelessness and housing, with over $650 million in one-time funds allocated to local jurisdictions to address the homelessness crisis and $500 million towards accelerating much needed housing construction infrastructure.
“I am especially pleased that I was able to help secure direct investment into Assembly District 76 that will help our region continue to grow and thrive, serve our veterans, and provide much needed support for those struggling in our local communities.
"Specifically, we were able to allocate $1 million towards homelessness prevention with $250,000 each to the cities of Encinitas, Carlsbad, Vista, and Oceanside for that purpose. We also were able to secure a $1.5 million infusion into the Veterans Resource Center at Mira Costa College which will help bolster programs for former military transitioning into the workforce, and $8 million in beachfront improvements in the City of Oceanside to strengthen public safety and revitalize the area.
“A budget is really a reflection of values, and I am very proud to say that I, along with my colleagues in the Assembly and Senate, demonstrated yesterday that California is unafraid to make the real investments necessary for a prosperous and sustainable future while still making certain that nobody gets left behind or forgotten as we move forward.”
AB 74 now heads to the Governor’s desk and he has 11 days to act on it.