Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo, D-Chatsworth, released a statement last week praising the Legislature’s budget agreement with Gov. Gavin Newsom.
“The Legislature approved and sent to the governor amendments to the 2023 Budget Act to implement a three-party budget agreement between the governor and the two houses of the Legislature,” Schiavo said in the release. “Given the size of our shortfall this year (nearly $32 billion), I am pleased that we were able to finalize this budget without having to dip into reserves or raise taxes, while maintaining priorities like affordable housing and addressing the ongoing homeless crisis.”
The assemblywoman, whose district includes most of the Santa Clarita Valley, was also pleased that the budget agreement included funds to implement Assembly Bill 1208, a bill she introduced that is designed to make health care more affordable.
“I am especially proud that the budget will include $82.5 million to implement the intent of our bill, AB 1208, to cover out-of-pocket costs for Covered California enrollees stuck paying for health care they can’t afford to use,” Schiavo’s statement said. “Making health care accessible and affordable for all families is crucial in our effort to make sure people don’t go bankrupt paying doctor bills, and this bill goes a long way to ensuring that’s a reality.”
The statement also praised the budget agreement’s prioritization on issues including housing and homelessness, education, child care and energy.