News Release
For Immediate Release
April 9, 2019
Contact: Jean Nakano

BOE Member Vazquez Issues Statement on Governor's May Revised Budget

Sacramento - California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Antonio Vazquez issued this statement about Governor Gavin Newsom's May Revision of his proposed budget for 2019-20:

"The May Revision provides greater, much-needed relief to underserved Californians struggling to meet their basic needs and provide the hope of opportunity for their children through further expansion of the California Earned Income Tax Credit and investment in affordable housing and health care, expanded paid family leave, universal preschool, full-time kindergarten, child care, K-12 schools, community colleges, state universities, and a holistic approach to mitigate homelessness.

"California's continuing water crisis has clearly demonstrated that safe and affordable drinking water for all is non-negotiable, and the Governor's commitment to ongoing investment in clean water infrastructure is crucial to meeting this basic human need for present and future generations throughout the state.

"The allocations for legal services to unaccompanied undocumented minors and Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries and the expansion of full-scope Medi-Cal coverage eligibility to young adults ages 19-25 – regardless of their immigration status – are sorely needed to help counter the increasingly unjust treatment of immigrants – particularly those from Mexico and Central America.

"Finally, I commend Governor Newsom for his ongoing commitment and increased investment in addressing the crucial needs of the most vulnerable populations in California – while also taking strong and effective measures to create a balanced budget and increase budget resiliency by eliminating debts and continuing to build reserves to prepare for uncertain economic conditions ahead."

Elected on November 6, 2018, Board Member Antonio Vazquez is the Third District Member of the California State Board of Equalization, representing more than 9.5 million residents in Los Angeles, a portion of San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. Vazquez previously served on the Santa Monica City Council for over 10 years, including holding the offices of Mayor Pro Tempore in 2015 and Mayor in 2016.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board that serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.

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