LOS ANGELES – First 5 LA today released the following statement from Executive Director Kim Belshé responding to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revision to the State Budget:
“Governor Newsom’s actions for young children and families speak louder than words. He is building on his core proposals from January, and he is expanding his commitment to California’s families and children with his Parents’ Agenda. Working with State Legislators, the Governor is eliminating taxes on family necessities, doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit for families, expanding paid family leave and increasing access to affordable child care for families.
“From Day One, the Governor has proven his commitment to our state’s youngest children through his choices in the State Budget and in his high-level appointments. His earlier proposals on family strengthening through home visiting programs to early care and education, developmental screenings and policy changes on paid family leave and his additions today demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the health and educational needs of children. By prioritizing kids in budget and policy decisions, the Governor is creating a strong foundation for our state’s future.”