January 8, 2021
Sacramento, Calif.—Today, Governor Gavin Newsom proposed a $227 billion spending plan for 2021. CIPC applauds the Governor for prioritizing important investments in immigrant communities, including an extension of the state’s eviction moratorium and a state stimulus with cash assistance to those who qualify for the CalEITC which now includes more than 600,000 immigrant workers and families. As COVID-19 cases continue to surge throughout California and we navigate an economic downturn that has left many vulnerable or unemployed, the state’s budget must ensure every Californian is able to recover and thrive.
In a historic week, we saw the power of organizing usher in diverse, progressive leadership in the South as well as the calamity that transpires when xenophobia and racism go unchecked. This moment demands that we no longer conduct business as usual but consider the systems and institutions that allow bigotry to flourish, and inequities to grow. To this end, we are deeply disappointed that after rescinding an investment in Medi-Cal expansion for seniors last year, Governor Newsom did not move forward with the expansion this year. Covid shone a spotlight on the need for more safety net programs such as health care for all regardless of status, economic security and enhanced safety measures for low-wage and essential workers, and divestment from detentions and prisons.
“In the wake of this week’s events that strongly underscore the need for systemic change that addresses racial inequality, we are calling on our state’s leadership to ensure we pass a budget that honors the contributions, dignity, and safety of everyone in our communities. Many families are still forced to choose between their personal health and economic security,” said Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. “CIPC will continue to fight for policies that include all immigrant workers, health care for everyone regardless of status, and a strong, accessible social safety net.”