Senator Roth’s Statement on the Governor’s UCR School of Medicine funding proposal

January 14, 2020

(SACRAMENTO) – Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal to include $25 million ongoing additional funding for the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine in the 2020-21 state budget:


“As Inland Southern California continues to face a critical shortage in healthcare providers, I am pleased to see the Governor’s commitment to provide ongoing, sustainable funding to the 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 step comes on the heels of our success last year in obtaining funding for a new $100 million UCR School of Medicine facility. 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 its inclusion in the final budget.”


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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.