Good morning, L.A. It’s Jan. 12.
In a month when things seem pretty dismal — I know many people who are one more lockdown away from a full-blown meltdown — Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget for 2022-2023 could offer a glimmer of hope.
First of all, it’s enormous; $286.4 billion enormous, 9% bigger than last year’s record-breaking plan. Second of all, it addresses issues that have plagued California for years: wildfires, health care accessibility and help for the unhoused, to name a few.
Here are some of the proposal’s highlights, with links to read more:
The proposal will now go to state legislators to be negotiated and could look quite different by the time it passes over the summer. We’ll keep covering these issues as they move through the process.
$1.2 billion over two years for programs to combat wildfires and their impact on residents;
$2 billion to convert vacant hotels, motels and other buildings into housing for people experiencing homelessness, supportive housing, as well as $1.5 billion over the next two years to provide interim housing;
$2.7 billion for the ongoing COVID-19 response, including a request for emergency approval;
$819.3 million for a Medi-Cal expansion to include all eligible Californians, regardless of immigration status, with $2.7 billion for the entire program;
$1 billion to enroll an estimated 56,000 more students in transitional kindergarten and add more educators to those classrooms;
$119 billion for K-12 schools.
In the meantime, keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A., and stay safe out there.