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Governor's Revised Budget Makes Strides in Health, Leaves Critical Opportunities on the Table

Governor's Revised Budget Makes Strides in Health, Leaves Critical Opportunities on the Table

On Thursday May 9th, Governor Gavin Newsom released his FY 2019-20 revised budget plan. With the largest surplus in recent history ($21.5 billion), the spending plan provides new funding for early childhood education while reserving additional savings in case of a possible recession. The budget also sustains important investments in health equity while inviting opportunities for improvement.
 
Included in the May Revision are new proposals to remove burdensome taxes on menstrual products for two years, increase paid family leave to eight weeks (previously six weeks), as well as other increases for home visitation services, such as those provided through the Black Infant Health program. The budget also includes additional investments in the health care workforce and mental health workforce and training programs which CPEHN applauds, but recognizes the need for ensuring those result in equitable health outcomes for the communities they serve, including Limited English Proficient and communities of color.
 
While the May Revision includes critical and new poverty reduction measures, it falls short of expanding full scope Medi-Cal coverage to all adults regardless of immigration status and delays the Medi-Cal expansion for undocumented adults up to age 26 until January 1, 2020.
 
The May Revision also misses a crucial opportunity to fund critical CPEHN budget asks aimed at reducing health disparities in communities of color through targeted investments in Medi-Cal asthma preventive services and Medi-Cal enrollment assistance by trusted community-based organizations. These proposals would not only improve the quality of life for thousands across the state, but are also a wise investment in prevention, which will ultimately reduce health care costs.
 
To view the full revised budget proposal, visit the Department of Finance's website. CPEHN will continue to monitor and weigh in on the Governor’s proposed budget to ensure the Governor is adequately prioritizing the health of our most vulnerable communities.


Health Care

Medi-Cal: The May Revision assumes decreased expenditures in the Medi-Cal program of approximately $1 billion General Fund compared to the Governor’s Budget due to a combination of factors including shifts in repayments to the federal government, increases in drug rebate savings and other factors. One potential source of funding to expand Medi-Cal eligibility and services is the Managed Care Organization (MCO) Tax extension, which the May Revision does not include, but could bring in over $1 billion annually.

  • Delays Implementation of Health4All Young Adults ($98 million): The May revision maintains the Governor’s proposal to expand full-scope Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented young adults aged 19-25 years but delays implementation from July 1, 2019 to no sooner than January 1, 2020. The Governor’s proposal will allow all income eligible children and youth under age 26 to continue to receive health care coverage. The Administration now estimates approximately 90,000 undocumented immigrants will benefit from this proposal (down from 138,000), nearly 75 percent of which are currently in the Medi-Cal system.
     
  • Improves affordability assistance for families earning between 200% and 250% FPL ($295.3 million in 2019-20, $330.4 million in 2020-21 and $379 million in 2021-22): The Governor’s original budget proposal offered financial assistance for individuals between 250% and 600% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to purchase health insurance coverage. The May Revision maintains this assistance while also extending it to individuals earning between 200% and 250% FPL. Californians with incomes between 400% and 600% FPL would receive average subsidies of around $100 a month whereas those between 200%-400% FPL would receive average subsidies of around $10 a month. The May revision neglects to provide additional assistance for individuals earning less than 200% FPL who will be impacted by the imposition of a state individual mandate and penalty for those who fail to obtain coverage. The subsidies would start January 1, 2020 but are expected to sunset three years later. There is no expiration date proposed for the individual mandate.
     
  • Makes Additional Proposition 56 Investments (Tobacco Tax Funds) for loan repayment, value-based payment program, trauma screening trainings and access to eyeglasses ($263 million): The May Revision includes additional Proposition 56 revenues due to a one-time fund reallocation. Set to expire on December 31, 2021, the package of additional expenditures will go towards:
    • Loan Repayment ($120 million): The May revision allocates $120 million in Proposition 56 funds for the Medi-Cal loan repayment program. Awardees are required to make a five-year commitment to maintain a patient caseload of 30 percent or more Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
    • Value-Based-Payment Program ($70 million): The May revision allocates additional funds, specifically for behavioral health integration (see below). CPEHN has advocated to ensure that incentives for providers includes an explicit focus on improving health equity.
    • Trauma Screening Training ($25 million): The May revision allocates funds to train providers to conduct trauma screenings which were proposed in the Governor’s original budget.
    • Temporary restoration of optician and optical lab services for Medi-Cal adults ($11.3 million): The May revision allocates additional funds to pay for eyeglasses for adults in Medi-Cal. In 2009, these critical Medi-Cal benefits were cut due to the state’s budget crisis, and the May Revision temporarily restores these benefits which would go into effect no sooner than January 1, 2020.
       
  • Fails to Expand Access to Asthma Preventive Services for Families in Medi-Cal ($14.8 million): The May Revision fails to include a proposal by CPEHN and our partners Children Now and Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) to reduce asthma prevalence and disparities in health outcomes through greater investment in asthma patient education provided by qualified, non-licensed providers and increased financial assistance to remediate environmental asthma triggers.
     
  • Fails to Include Funds for Medi-Cal Enrollment Assistance ($15 million a year for two years): The May Revision fails to allocate state funds for Medi-Cal outreach and enrollment assistance by trusted community-based organizations. This is especially disappointing given recent declines in enrollment due to fear and other factors.
     
  • Fails to raise the Medi-Cal Aged & Disabled income eligibility threshold for full-scope Medi-Cal recipients: The May Revision fails to raise the Medi-Cal Aged & Disabled income eligibility threshold for full-scope Medi-Cal. The current threshold remains at 122% FPL, meaning seniors and persons with disabilities are subject to a lower income eligibility threshold.

Mental Health

The Governor’s May Revise Budget includes additional investments in key mental health initiatives and programs. Access to appropriate and timely mental health services remains a significant challenge across the state. Race, income and ZIP code still play a significant role in Californians’ ability to seek out effective help for mental health challenges, thanks to a long history of racism and disinvestment from communities of color.

  • Value Based Payments for Behavioral Health Integration ($70 million): The May Revision proposes a new investment of $70 million in one-time funding for the Value-Based Payments program, specifically for behavioral health integration. CPEHN has advocated to ensure that incentives for providers includes an explicit focus on improving health equity.
     
  • Early Psychosis Research and Treatment ($20 million): The May Revision decreases the administration’s proposed investment in Early Psychosis Research and Treatment by 5 million. The program aims to better detect and intervene when young people have or are at high risk of experiencing psychosis.
     
  • No Place Like Home Bond Funding ($2 billion in bonds): The May Revision includes the proposed investments in the No Place Like Home Act, $2 billion in bond funding to provide supportive multifamily housing for individuals experiencing mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
     
  • Whole Person Care Pilots ($120 million). The May Revision increases the administration’s proposed investments in the Whole Person Care Pilot Program. The May Revision includes an additional one-time $20 million Mental Health Services Fund over five years for counties that currently do not operate Whole Person Care Pilots. This is in addition to the $100 million one-time General Fund proposed in the Governor's January’s Budget for counties that currently operate pilots.
     
  • Statewide Peer-Run Mental Health Crisis Line ($3.6 million). The May Revision proposes a new investment of $3.6 million, annually for three years, from the Mental Health Services Fund to the Department of Health Care Services to provide support for a statewide peer-run mental health crisis line.
     
  • Changes to 1991 Realignment for County Mental Health ($86 million): The May Revision increases the administration’s proposed funding to county mental health program funding in FY 2019-20 by an additional 16 million as a result of changes in the counties’ share of In-Home Supportive Services program costs. This is in addition to the $70 million proposed in the Governor's January’s Budget.
     
  • Fails to incorporate disparities reduction initiatives:  Low-income and communities of color report varied and inadequate quality of mental, substance use, and dental services. In 2017, CPEHN sponsored AB 470 by Dr. Arambula to provide greater transparency around mental health disparities in California. DHCS now provides publicly available data on disparities in mental health utilization, access, and outcomes. More information about CPEHN’s disparities reduction efforts is available on our website.

The Governor’s May Revise Budget includes additional investments to address healthcare workforce shortages, including the mental and oral health workforce. The lack of bilingual and bicultural healthcare staff contributes to health disparities in culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare for communities of color and other underserved populations. 

  • Mental Health Workforce Investment ($50 million): The May Revision maintains the administration’s proposed 50 million funding toward training opportunities in existing mental health workforce programs administered by administered by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
     
  • Workforce Education and Training (WET) Five-Year Plan ($100 million): The May Revision proposes a new allocation of $100 million from the Mental Health Services Fund for the new 2020-25 Workforce Education and Training (WET) Five-Year Plan, which aims to address the shortage of mental health practitioners in the public mental health system (PMHS) through regional partnerships, pipeline development, undergraduate scholarships, education stipends, and educational loan repayment.
     
  • Fails to expand investments in non-traditional providers such as community-health workers: The workforce could benefit by including non-traditional providers such as community health workers and promotoras to create a more culturally competent workforce to mitigate communication barriers between providers and patients and create an atmosphere of trust and respect to encourage better oral health care.

Early Childhood

The May Revision upholds the Governor’s historic investments in early childhood education for low-income children and families, and expands key investments in childcare subsidies and emergency vouchers for families in poverty and crisis. Lack of access to early childhood education contributes to longstanding disparities in education achievement and health outcomes for communities of color in California.

  • Universal Full-Day Kindergarten ($600 million):  Lack of facilities is a major barrier to offering full-day kindergarten in many California school districts. The May Revision decreases the administration’s proposed investment, from $750 million investment to $600 million, to construct new or retrofit existing facilities for full-day kindergarten programs and other activities to help reduce barriers to full-day kindergarten.
     
  • Universal Preschool ($125 million):  The budget maintains Governor’s proposal to expand access to subsidized full-day, full-year State Preschool for four-year-old children – for a total of approximately 180,000 State Preschool slots—with additional increases in the following years to provide access for all low-income 4-year-olds by 2021-22. The May Revision moves the release date for the first 10,000 slots to April 1, 2020. The May Revision also postpones the release of the final 20,000 slots.
     
  • Master Plan for Early Learning and Care ($10 million): The Governor's May Revision includes a new $10 million investment for a long-term strategic plan that will provide a road map for a more well-aligned comprehensive early learning and care system.
     
  • Emergency Child Care Vouchers ($12.8 million): The Governor’s May Revision includes a new investment of federal funds to pilot a program to allow agencies to offer emergency child care vouchers to families on the waiting list who are in crisis and in need of temporary assistance.
     
  • Childcare Subsidies ($80.5 million): The Governor’s May Revisions includes a significant investment to subsidize child care for school-age children from income-eligible families. 
     
  • CalWORKS Grants: CalWORKS provides critical public assistance to low-income children and parents but the grant levels have been unable to keep up with the cost of living in California and reduce child poverty. CalWORKS Stage 1 serves families currently receiving cash aid, while CalWORKS Stage 2 and 3 serves families who previously received cash aid. The May Revision includes 40.7 million General Fund in 2019-20 and $54.2 million ongoing General Fund to allow CalWORKs recipients to receive Stage 1 child care for up to 12 months. Additionally, the May Revision increases funding for CalWORKs Stages 2 and 3 child care by $38.2 million ongoing General Fund, for a total of $157.5 million in additional funding in 2019-20.
     
  • Students with Children (96.7 million): The May Revision includes a decrease of $24.9 million from the Governor’s proposed $121.6 million to provide new financial assistance awards for students with dependent children attending the University of California, the California State University, or Community Colleges.

K-12 Education

  • Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF): The May Revision estimates funding for the Local Control Funding Formula to be higher than the Governor’s Proposal. Total K-14 Proposition 98 funding at May Revision is $75.6 billion in 2017-18, $78.1 billion in 2018-19, and $81.1 billion in 2019-20. The Local Control Funding Formal is a school funding mechanism enacted in 2013 to prioritize funding for students and school districts with higher needs. The LCFF has two core tenets: first, to prioritize funds for low-income, limited English proficient, and foster youth. Second, to provide local communities and districts with independence and flexibility in how their funds are spent. Concerns have been raised about the extent to which districts are creating strategies that meet the needs of their student populations through this process. The budget commits on continuing to increase accountability and transparency.
     
  • Special Education ($696.2 million): Local educational agencies are required by federal law to provide appropriate and comprehensive educational programs for students with disabilities. Most local educational agencies in California struggle to improve academic outcomes for those students. The May Revision proposes to allocate $696.2 million ongoing Proposition 98 General Fund for special education. This is $119.2 million more than was proposed in the Governor's Budget and is a 21 percent year-over-year increase in state funding for services for students with disabilities. These investments will support expanded special education services and school readiness supports at those local educational agencies with high percentages of students with disabilities and students who are low-income, foster care, and English language learners.

Higher Education

  • University of California ($240 million) In March, the University of California (UC) Board of Regents announced that it would not raise tuition. Therefore, the budget maintains the Governor’s proposed $240 million for the UC system to fund operating costs, efforts to increase student success, improve student mental health services, and better address student hunger and homelessness. The budget also maintains an ongoing $49.9 million to support the UC's proposed effort to improve student success, improve students’ timely completion of a degree program, and close the degree attainment gap between students from disadvantaged backgrounds and other students. Improving students’ timely degree completion and reducing students’ total degree costs as well as closing the degree attainment gap is expected to further improve students of colors’ economic and social mobility opportunities.
     
  • UC San Francisco Dyslexia Center Pilot Program ($3.5 million): The May Revision includes a new one-time investment of 3.5 million to support a pilot dyslexia screening and early intervention program operated through the UC San Francisco Dyslexia Center.
     
  • Mental Health Services ($5.3 million): The UC provides mental health services to students through its Counseling and Psychological Services program. Each campus has a division of Counseling and Psychological Services staffed with psychologists and psychiatrists for students with mental health needs. The budget maintains the ongoing $5.3 million investment to support efforts to hire additional clinicians and improve student mental health services.
     
  • California State University ($300 million): The budget includes an ongoing $300 million increase for CSU. This includes $193 million for operational costs, $62 million for enrollment growth, and $45 million to continue the efforts of the Graduation Initiative 2025. The budget also includes a one-time $247 million for the CSU to help address its deferred maintenance backlog and to improve and expand on-campus child care centers.
     
  • Two Free Years of Community College ($40 million): The budget maintains the Governor’s $40 million investment to support a second year of free tuition for students. Approximately 28,000 first-time, full-time students are projected to be eligible for a second year of free tuition
     
  • Potential CSU campus in San Joaquin County ($2 million): The May Revision maintains the one-time $2 million for the Chancellor's Office to undertake a review of a potential CSU campus in San Joaquin County, likely in Stockton. The growing population of high school graduates in San Joaquin County and the need to increase the college attendance of students in the region makes it time to consider the expansion of the CSU system. While the number of jobs in the San Joaquin County region has grown faster than the statewide average, real personal income is lower compared to other areas of the state and unemployment is nearly double the statewide average. In collaboration with local partners, CPEHN held the Stockton Reducing Disparities Public Hearing to discuss how different stakeholders and community leaders can work together to address disparities in Stockton. 
     
  • Supporting Student Hunger and Housing Initiatives ($40 million): The May Revision maintains a one-time $15 million for the CSU to assist each campus’s existing efforts to address student hunger and housing needs. This funding will assist the CSU in developing an emergency housing pilot program to provide temporary housing to students who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The May Revision proposes a new investment of $6.5 million ongoing General Fund to support rapid rehousing of homeless and housing insecure students. The budget also includes an ongoing $15 million to assist the UC's efforts to address these issues. The May Revision proposes a new investment of $3.5 million ongoing General Fund to support rapid rehousing of homeless and housing insecure students. Recent surveys show that over 40 percent of UC undergraduate student body is characterized as having “low” or “very low” food security and that 5 percent experienced homelessness in 2016.
     
  • Immigration Legal Services ($8.7 million): The immigration legal services program provides legal advice and representation for undocumented students and their families, campus clinics and workshops to assist immigration-related relief and applications for benefits available under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The budget includes investments in program across all higher education institutions; $1.7 million at the University of California; $7 million at the California State University, and $10 million at Community Colleges.
     
  • Project Rebound ($1 million): The May Revision increase funding for Project Rebound, a CSU program that provides assistance to formerly incarcerated individuals seeking to enroll in participating CSU campuses, from $750,000 to 1 million.
     
  • First Star Foster Youth Cohort at CSU Sacramento ($740,000): The May Revision includes a new investment of $740,000 to support a First Star Foster Youth Program at CSU Sacramento, which enable a cohort of foster youth to engage in a variety of activities that support learning opportunities, such as academic courses for college credit, social and cultural activities, service learning and other recreational activities.

Public Safety and Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Mass incarceration impacts low-income communities and communities of color at disproportionate levels. The May Revision strengthens the Governor’s investments in rehabilitation and reintegration of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. The San Francisco Chronicle also found that substance-related overdoses in California prisons is up 113% in three years, with nearly 1,000 incidents in 2018 and a disproportionate impact on men and women of color. Culturally and linguistically appropriate rehabilitation and treatment is central to ending persistent disparities in outcomes for communities of color.

  • Expansion of Reentry Facilities in Los Angeles and Riverside ($8.8 million): The May Revision includes $8.8 million ongoing General Fund to establish two new 60-bed female facilities in Los Angeles and Riverside and expands an existing male facility in Los Angeles by 10 beds.
     
  • Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program at 35 CDCR institutions ($233.2 million): The May Revision includes a total of $233.2 million to implement an integrated substance use disorder treatment program through all California Department of Corrections institutions. The May Revision proposal includes three main components: (1) the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to treat inmates with opioid and alcohol use disorders; (2) a redesign of the current cognitive behavioral treatment curriculum; and (3) the development and management of inmate treatment plans and substance use disorder-specific pre-release transition planning.
     
  • Reorganization of the Division of Juvenile Justice: The budget maintains the proposal to move youth correctional facilities from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to a new department under the Health and Human Services Agency. the May Revision includes statutory changes to move the DJJ from the CDCR to a new department under the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), effective July 1, 2020. The new department will be called the Department of Youth and Community Restoration. This change will enable the state to better provide youth offenders with the health and human services needed to be successful when they are released.
     
  • Independent Training Institute ($1.2 million): The May Revision also includes $1.2 million ongoing General Fund for key staff to plan for the transition and launch of a new independent training institute that will train all staff on best practices so they can further the new Department of Youth and Community Restoration’s rehabilitative mission.
     
  • Apprenticeship program ($1.4 million): In addition, the May Revision includes a new investment of $1.4 million ongoing to create a partnership between DJJ and the California Conservation Corps to develop and implement an apprenticeship program. Lack of access to employment skills and job opportunities is a barrier to youth offenders returning to their communities. This program will provide skill building and job training opportunities.
     
  • Inmate Literacy ($5.5 million): Currently, 53 percent of California’s adult inmates read above the 9th grade level. The budget maintains the $5.5 million for a package of programs specifically aimed at improving literacy rates among the offender population and therefore addressing disparities associated with reading levels.
     
  • Tattoo Removal Program ($1.1 million): Tattoos often present an obstacle to formerly incarcerated individuals seeking to reintegrate into society. The May Revision decreases the investment from $2.5 million to 1.1 million for the Governor’s proposed tattoo removal program for the adult offender population. This funding could allow the department to remove tattoos from approximately 4,400 additional adult offenders per year.
     
  • Local Law Enforcement Training ($14.9 million): The budget maintains the $14.9 million investment to implement new, and update existing, training curriculum for law enforcement so that courses reflect current best practices in areas such as verbal communication and listening skills, cultural awareness and diversity, de-escalation techniques, and engagement with individuals suffering from mental health or homelessness issues.
     
  • Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program ($10 million): The budget maintains an ongoing $10 million investment for the Office of Emergency Services to continue funding for the Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program- a program assists victims of sex and/or labor trafficking in recovering from the trauma they experience and reintegrating into society.

Victim Services

  • Consolidation of Office of Emergency Services and Victim Compensation Board Victims’ Programs:  While the state offers dozens of victims’ services programs, it currently administers these programs through multiple state departments in a manner that oftentimes inaccessible for victims. Over the coming year, the Administration will develop a plan to consolidate the Office of Emergency Services and Victim Compensation Board victims’ programs within a new state department under the Government Operations Agency.
     
  • Violence Intervention and Prevention Program ($27 million): The Governor’s Budget included $9 million ongoing General Fund for the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. The May Revision proposes an additional $18 million one-time General Fund, resulting in a total of $27 million for the program in 2019-20 for grants to eligible cities and community based organizations. These grants provide funding to support services such as community education, diversion programs, outreach to at-risk transitional age youth, and violence reduction models.

Transportation

  • Implementing SB 1, which enacted a 12 cent/gallon tax on gasoline ($844 million): The Budget projects $4.8 billion in new SB 1 funding to invest in road repairs, alleviate congested commute corridors, and more—including $458 million for local transit operations and $386 million for capital improvements for transit, commuter, and intercity rail.

Affordable Housing

  • Grants to local communities to build housing and meet higher statewide goals ($750 million): California is in the midst of a housing crisis leaving most Californians struggling to pay rent and unable to consider home ownership. This Budget outlines a short and long-term strategy to address the severe unavailability of affordable housing. The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will establish higher short-term statewide goals for new housing production across all income levels. To support local governments in meeting these goals, the Budget proposes $250 million one-time for technical assistance and staffing support. The May Revision adds school districts and county offices of education as jurisdictions eligible for a portion of the $250 million in planning and technical assistance support. The $500 million that was originally dedicated to general incentive payments is now going to be used for the Infill Infrastructure Grant Program administered by HCD bringing that total to $800 million. The Infill Infrastructure Grant Program provides gap funding for infrastructure that supports higher-density affordable and mixed-income housing in locations designated as infill.
     
  • Stronger state enforcement of regional housing goals: The budget outlines a strategy to revamp the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process in order to hold local governments to higher affordable housing targets. In addition, the state will take on a greater enforcement role and proposes to withhold transportation funding from cities that fail to meet long-term targets.
     
  • Expanded state tax credit program to incentivize moderate-income housing development ($500 million): The Budget proposes to expand the state tax credits up to $500 million annually to build new construction of qualified residential rental developments for middle-income families with incomes between 60-80 percent of Area Median Income. These state credits pair up with an underutilized 4 percent federal tax credit program and up to $200 million of newly authorized credits would be available to increase the development of mixed-income housing projects serving a broader range of incomes. Because the budget applies to new housing production only, the May Revision proposes deeper subsidies for specified preservation projects (which seek to retain affordable housing) through the current program.
     
  • Legal Aid for Renters and Landlord-Tenant Disputes ($20 million): The May Revision proposes $20 million one-time funding to provide grants to non-profit service organizations to assists specifically with landlord-tenant disputes, including legal assistance for counseling, renter education programs, and preventing evictions.

Homelessness

  • Aid for cities and counties to build emergency shelters and navigation centers ($650 million): The budget aims to build infrastructure for homeless Californians by proposing a one-time investment of $650 million ($150 million added with the May Revision) with the 13 most populous cities receiving $275 million, counties receiving $275 million, and Continuums of Care receiving $100 million. The funds may also be used for innovative projects such as hotel/motel conversions and traditional and non-traditional permanent supportive housing.
     
  • Support for county outreach, case management, and homeless advocacy programs ($25 million): The Housing and Disability Advocacy Program (HDAP) was established as a county match program to assist homeless and disabled individuals with applying for disability benefit programs, while also providing housing supports. The Budget proposes an annual appropriation of $25 million to continue this program beginning in 2019.

Climate Change

The budget continues core programs but decreases overall investment in climate, including cuts or underinvestment in programs that support low-income households and communities of color who are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change. 

  • Cap and Trade Expenditure Plan ($1 billion): The Budget proposes a $1 billion Cap and Trade Expenditure Plan to support programs that reduce or control greenhouse gases, including programs that benefit disadvantaged and low-income communities and job training and apprenticeship opportunities to support the state’s transition to a low carbon economy. The May Revision proposes additional $251.5 million to promote affordable housing, sustainability, and resiliency priorities. This includes one-time increase of $92 million to support integrated, community-scale housing, transit-oriented development, and neighborhood projects that reduce emissions in the state’s most disadvantaged areas.
     
  • Green Economy ($27 million): Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by climate change in workforce indicators and health outcomes. The Budget proposes $27 million Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to increase job training and apprenticeship opportunities focused on disadvantaged communities. 
     
  • Statewide strategy and education campaign on wildfire disaster preparedness and safety ($50 million): The budget proposes $50 million General Fund one-time to immediately begin a comprehensive, statewide education campaign, on disaster preparedness and safety with a focus on community engagement and public education in high wildfire-risk areas with an emphasis on public health and safety. In addition, local grants will be available to address local and regional education needs.

Other

  • 2020 Census Funding ($54 million): The Budget includes an additional $50 million for statewide outreach efforts related to increasing the participation rate of Californians in the decennial census, bringing the total funding available to $140.3 million. The Budget also includes $4 million a survey that will identify barriers to a complete count and successful approaches taken by the various outreach efforts and help develop recommendations for the 2030 Census.
     
  • Support for immigrant communities ($100 million): The budget allocates $25 million (including $5 million to be made available in the current year) for an immigration rapid response program to assist qualified community-based organizations and non-profit entities in providing services to address the humanitarian crisis at our state’s border with Mexico. In addition, the budget allocates $75 million for immigration-related services including assisting applicants seeking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; naturalization; and other immigration services.
     
  • Increased access and expanded language access services in the court system ($9.6 million): The May Revision includes $9.6 million in ongoing funds to continue interpreter services for civil matters and to cover increased costs in criminal cases.
     
  • Prop 64 projected to bring in less funds ($288 million in 2018-19 and $359 million in 2019-20): The May Revision allocates $21.5 million to the Department of Health Care Services for competitive grants to develop and implement new youth programs in the areas of education, prevention, and treatment of substance use disorders.