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Senator John Laird Secures State Budget Funds for Atascadero, City and County of Santa Cruz, and Point Sur Lighthouse

SACRAMENTO – Senator John Laird announced today nearly $22 million will be provided to address critical needs along California’s Central Coast.

SACRAMENTO – State Senator John Laird (D- Santa Cruz) recognized El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) as the 17th Senate District’s 2021 Nonprofit of the Year for their work to enhance the quality of life of local residents. ECHO is a three-facility, 140-bed homeless organization supporting those facing homelessness in the San Luis Obispo community and instilling a strong sense of pride in the community members they serve.

The proposed budget builds on priorities put forward in Senate’s “Build Back Boldly” plan and the Assembly’s “A Budget of Opportunity” blueprint. This budget package authorizes General Fund expenditures of $195.5 billion, and assumes $201.9 billion in total General Fund resources, representing a historic investment in the lives of all Californians.

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), along with Senate Budget Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Senate Budget Subcommittee Chairs Anna M. Caballero (D-Salinas), María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles), Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), and Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), announced the Senate’s budget proposal to build a post-pandemic economy that extends prosperity for Californians and invests resources to address the state’s most pressing needs in innovative and equitable ways.

SB 390 will require the EDD to establish and routinely revise a recession plan to increase the department’s efficiency during an economic downturn

From State Sen. John Laird (D-Santa Cruz):

“Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to address the joint hearing of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and the Assembly Committee on Insurance.