Senator Roth’s Statement on the Governor’s Proposed 2020-21 State Budget

January 14, 2020

(SACRAMENTO) – Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2020-21 state budget:


“The budget proposal released today marks the beginning of the Legislature’s important duty of crafting a budget to reflect the values and priorities for California and the constituents we represent.”


“The Governor and I have been working together to address Inland California's critical shortage of healthcare providers. Today's budget reflects our shared commitment to addressing this issue by providing ongoing operational funding to the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine. This funding will enable UCR School of Medicine to double their production of healthcare providers in our region from 250 to 500 medical doctors in training. Investment in our healthcare workforce is vital to the future of our region. This builds on our success last year in obtaining funding for a new $100 million UCR School of Medicine facility.”


“As Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Education, I am encouraged by the Governor’s commitments to our education system, both K-12 and Higher Education, as well as early childhood development and jobs skills training programs. We must ensure our students and families are given appropriate resources so that they can succeed and successfully transition into good-paying jobs when they finish.”


“The Governor and I are in strong consensus that the state must prioritize the ongoing homelessness crisis and I am encouraged by the significant investment in the issue. The housing and homeless crisis must be addressed head-on so that our state can work to improve other facets of society like health, economic development, and education.”


“I am excited for the upward trajectory of our region. I applaud the Governor for these crucial commitments and look forward to working together to ensure that Inland Southern California’s priorities are included in the final budget. The countdown to June begins today!”


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Senator Richard D. Roth represents the 31st State Senate District, which includes the communities of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, March Air Reserve Base, Moreno Valley, Norco, Perris, and Riverside. Prior to his election, he served for 32 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2007 in the grade of Major General.