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Californians Demand and Deserve Community Investments: 2022-23 Budget Proposal

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Courage California stands in support of our progressive partners and their budget priorities. We urge California’s legislative leadership to incorporate the following key items in the 2022-23 State Budget, and pass a budget that invests in the wellbeing and future of all Californians.

Click on the associated links to learn more about each ask, including how you can help support.

2022-23 Budget Proposal Requests

Partner OrganizationBudget Request
NextGen$40 million to fund the establishment of a statewide Office of Racial
Equity (ORE), consistent with SB 17 (Pan)
Leadership Counsel and NexGen$750,000 to implement training provisions expanded from the Environmental Enforcement and Training Act

$2 million for enforcement to address environmental regulation violations in disadvantaged communities

Call and Urge Gov. Newsom to Support Doubling California’s Climate Budget
California Environmental Voters$75 billion on climate — just 5% of the budget — over the next five years to give us the tools we need to solve the climate crisis
End Child Poverty in CA$357 million to establish trust funds for HOPE Accounts, consistent with SB 864. SB 864 will create California’s first “baby bond program,” or trust fund accounts for foster youth in long term care and children orphaned by COVID-19
California Pan-Ethnic Health NetworkAt least $100 million to the Health Equity and Racial Justice Fund to support community-based organizations (CBOs) to identify and develop effective strategies to address the most urgent inequities and injustices in their neighborhoods.

Support the California Health Equity & Racial Justice Fund!
Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment$105 million Displaced Oil and Gas Worker Fund

$450 million allocated to the Local Government Budget Stability (LGBS) fund

$200 million in one-time funds to plug orphan or idle wells, decommission attendant facilities, and complete associated environmental remediation, and the associated $15M in workforce training for displaced oil and gas workers.

CLCJ 2022 Budget Support Letter
California Environmental Justice Alliance; Asian Pacific Environmental Network$1 billion for equitable access to community solar and storage, complementing advocacy for the creation of a new community renewable energy program via AB 2316 (Ward)
Housing NOW!, Californians for Safety and Justice$200 million to fund the Reentry Housing & Workforce Development Program detailed in AB 1816 (Bryan)

Tell our state budget leaders to include funding for AB 1816 in this year’s budget!
Californians for Safety and Justice$300 million to expand critical recovery services for victims of crime, including flexible cash assistance funds and victim compensation programs

$460 million to expand California’s infrastructure of community-based reentry services

$100 million in flexible block grants to cities/counties to scale public health and community-based crime prevention; $80 million to fund California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program

$2 billion to expand addiction and mental health treatment programs
Green New Deal Coalition$1 billion in community resilience centers

$1 billion in upgrades for healthy homes & heat pumps

$2 billion in utility debt relief funds
Child Care Law Center$187 million to continue waiving family fees for parents who need help paying for child care
California Environmental Voters$35 million per election (the November 2022 General, the March 2024 Primary and the November 2024 General) for a statewide voter outreach campaign via CA SoS

$2 per voter to counties to fund outreach through approaches such as mailings, social media, ethnic and local media, and contracts with community-based organizations
SEIU California State Council$400 million investment in the Federally Qualified Health Centers workforce through SB 1014, which creates the Enhanced Clinically Integrated Program as an optional new payment program authorized by Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) for FQHCs to improve patient care through expanding access to specialists, improving access through workforce training and support, and improving capital funding to help clinics grow.
California Immigrant Policy Center$690 million to invest in immigrant workers who have been historically excluded from unemployment benefits (AB 2847 – E. Garcia)

$1.3 billion to provide comprehensive health care access to all income-eligible Californians through full-scope Medi-Cal (AB 4 – Arambula/SB 56 – Durazo)

$548 million Ensuring that every household can put food on the table by making CalFresh available to all income-eligible Californians (SB 464 – Hurtado)

Immigrant Equity Budget: Take Action
California YIMBY$5 billion over 3-5 years for Infill Infrastructure Grant program (primary source of funds for infill-orientred infrastructure like utility improvements, public transit, safe streets)
NARAL Pro-Choice CA (Future of Abortion Council)$20 million one-time allocation for direct practical support and infrastructure for patients seeking abortion care

$20 million one-time over six years to create the California Reproductive Health Equity Program to ensure cost is not a barrier to care by reimbursing CA providers for uncompensated repro healthcare services

$15 million per year to fully fund cost of abortion care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries

$20 million one-time to fund a reproductive health pilot in LA

$40 million to establish the Reproductive Health Scholars Corps for diverse, aspiring and existing professionals in underserved areas who recive abortion training

$15 million to create a California Reproductive Justice and Freedom Fund to support community-based repro health, rights, and justice orgs that conduct outreach and education