Assemblymember Christy Smith secures $6.5 million from state budget for local projectsProclaimer Staff June 28, 2019 0 COMMENTS
On June 27, Governor Gavin Newsom signed California’s $214.8 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes $6,547,000 in funding for colleges and nonprofit organizations servicing the 38th Assembly District.
Out of the 2019-20 general fund, $397,000 will go to College of the Canyons for the modernization of the academic building Boykin Hall and $5 million will be used for the establishment of a childcare center at California State University, Channel Islands. In addition, $700,000 will be allocated to the Free Clinic of Simi Valley and $450,000 will go to the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.
“The 38th Assembly District has been historically underserved and overlooked by the state, so I am proud to shepherd crucial dollars back to our community,” Smith said. “With the Governor’s signature, a fiscally solvent budget that not only pays down our debt but also stores funds into reserve goes into effect. It has been a pleasure working with my colleagues to pass the 2019-2020 California State Budget, and I look forward to our continued collaboration to fortify our state.”
Although the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center was able to open the doors to its new facilities in April, the center was technically still short on funds. The $450,000 allocation from the state budget is intended to fill in that gap in funding.
“We just finished four years of a capital campaign to raise about $4 million to build the senior center,” Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center Executive Director Kevin MacDonald said. “We were still short funds, and so we’re pleased that the Assemblywoman put in a budget request for the center and we’re so thankful for her advocacy on behalf of the senior community.”
The new state budget also includes $1.75 billion for the production and planning of new housing, divides $650 million among local governments to combat homelessness, provides $225.8 million to implement wildfire prevention efforts and includes funding to enforce California’s individual healthcare coverage mandate.
“The driving idea behind this budget – and my first year in office – is to combat the cost crisis and maintain fiscal discipline,” Newsom said. “This is a responsible budget that saves for challenging times ahead while investing in the present-day needs of working Californians.”