The governor’s budget plan would protect and maintain much of the progress that has been made in prior years to help low-income Californians and people of color build economic security and access to opportunities. However, the state’s precarious financial position will result in cuts to vital investments, including critical equity and climate progress. This is because the state’s budget reserves and constitutionally-required funding allocations are automatically reduced when revenues decline.

State leaders must make major tax policy changes to increase revenue and meet California’s needs in good times and bad. Otherwise, a deep financial crisis could put critical equity and climate progress at risk.

Sustains a portion of Proposition 98 funds to support California’s community colleges (CCCs), which serve high percentages of students from low income households and communities of color, and prepare thousands of adults for four-year college and career.

Retains funding to provide health care coverage through Medi-Cal to 14 million Californians with modest incomes. This includes a commitment to expand coverage to undocumented immigrants ages 26 to 49 beginning in 2024.

Sustains the implementation of SB 253, a groundbreaking corporate climate accountability law that requires large corporations to publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions in California. This is the first of its kind, and we must protect this investment.