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SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), have released the following statement today following the Legislature’s passage of the 2021-22 state budget bill:

“The budget we’re sending to Governor Newsom reflects responsible budgeting as the Legislature’s top priority and makes vital investments in California’s future. Over the past 15 months, we’ve seen the benefits of a decade of prudent fiscal planning, which got us through the COVID downturn and served as a springboard for economic recovery. The Legislature has been working together not only to meet the needs of Californians, but help advance a plan that takes care of our state and all who live here without encumbering future budgets. Our budget plan includes continued stimulus funding for vulnerable individuals and families, help for the small businesses who are the backbone of our state’s economy, support for future generations through investments in childcare, increased financial support for housing, and substantial commitments to address climate change and wildfire prevention. The Governor proposed a strong budget in the May Revision, and we are proud of the improved version approved by the Legislature today. We look forward to working with the Governor to finalize the budget in the coming days as we build a greater tomorrow for California.”

Toni G. Atkins is President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her tenure in the Senate in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach.

Website of President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins: www.senate.ca.gov/Atkins