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Courage Applauds Governor Newsom’s Signing of 2021-22 California Budget

In response to the 2021-22 California budget (SB 129) being signed and enacted by Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday, which includes a $100 billion economic recovery package referred to as the “California Comeback Plan,” Courage California applauds the leadership demonstrated by the state legislature and Governor Newsom. 

Irene Kao, Executive Director of Courage California, issued the following statement:

“California’s economy is directly tied to the financial-wellbeing, health and education access of our most vulnerable communities. The 2021-22 California Budget released by Governor Newsom and California Legislature makes bold steps in supporting and investing in all Californians,” said Irene Kao, Executive Director of Courage California. “Many of our communities disproportionately suffered while simultaneously putting themselves and families in harm’s way as essential workers, yet endured substantial economic fallout as a result of the pandemic.” 

“California’s budget is a display of our values and priorities as a state — and we are proud that the Governor and California Legislature made impactful investments in healthcare, housing, and education. This is why it is imperative that Californians do what is right for the future of our economic recovery and stand by Governor Newsom on September 14. We cannot afford to ignore this recall threat and watch a small-minority take advantage of this moment and undermine the values and votes of the majority of Californians by recalling Governor Newsom and replacing him with a Republican.

“We need leadership more than ever, not a strategic ploy to take power that is harmful to the people. Californians must show up on September 14 and make their voices heard at the ballot box by voting no on the recall — so we can continue to work towards equity and justice for all.” said Kao. 

Courage California, formerly Courage Campaign, works to unite communities organizing for progressive change, fight the forces of corruption, and hold our representatives to account in order to ensure that California’s elected officials act with courage. Our community of members envision California as a model of progressive, equitable, and truly representative democracy that sets the standard for our country.


Angela Chavez