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California Legislature Passes 2023 State Budget

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) released the following statement today after the Assembly passed the Budget Act of 2023 this morning.

“Today’s passage of the 2023 State Budget is a reflection of the productive conversations from over 120 public hearings. Despite facing fiscal uncertainty, we upheld our commitments to maintain funding levels for core programs and increased support for education, CalWORKs and SSI/SSP grants, Medi-Cal, and more.

“The $1.1 billion additional investment for Child Care and Early Childhood Education will support our aspiring parents who are seeking to enter and strengthen our workforce. We are also continuing to prioritize and invest in our future leaders through a $2.1 billion increase for K-12 schools and community colleges, as well as $300 million in interest-free loans to the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges for affordable student housing projects.

“Expansions to mental health services, Medi-Cal and Covered California, and the maintained support for homeless and housing services all lay the groundwork for the improved well-being of residents across this state.

“I look forward to the ongoing discussions over the next few weeks that will solidify these investments and ensure other important projects, such as those for public transportation, receive their appropriate funding.”