With 5.1 million Californians on unemployment and more families struggling to put food on the table, the budget should be prioritizing our response to the COVID-19 crisis and economic recovery.
That is why I voted against the budget on Monday. It was full of tax increases and gimmicks but more importantly it was a fake budget. Legislative leaders are still negotiating with the governor and we know there will be more significant changes and proposals.
We shouldn’t be making budgets like this a game of Monopoly. We owe it to our constituents to be honest about what we’re doing. I hope next time we convene, we’ll be voting on a real and transparent spending plan.
My constituents are hurting and many are now struggling to make a living as result of the stay-at-home orders. It doesn’t help that the gas tax is going up once again on July 1, 2020. We already have the highest gas taxes in the nation, paying almost a dollar more per gallon than our neighboring states. This is not okay.
I know Californians are hurting, and I promise to keep working to ensure the people of my district are represented in Sacramento. I encourage you to share your priorities with me by taking this survey.
As always, please do not hesitate to email me at Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov if I may be of assistance.
Ling Ling Chang
Missed my Teleconference Town Hall?
If you missed my teleconference town hall and would like to request a recording, please email Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov and include “June Teleconference Recording Request” in your subject line.
As a reminder, our guests included:
- Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Dr. Cheryl Marshall, Chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District
- Russell Best, Workforce Services Manager for the Employment Development Department
California COVID-19, By The Numbers
As of June 16, there have been 2,997,988 tests conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. This represents an increase of 60,233 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period. The Department is now reporting all tests reported in California, rather than the total number of individuals tested. More information at cdph.ca.gov/covid19.