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Courage Campaign Applauds Governor Newsom’s Bold Budget Proposal

Group Says Investments in California Prove Progressive Democrats Can Build an Economy That Benefits Everyone

SACRAMENTO  — Moments ago, newly-elected Governor Gavin Newsom proposed his first-ever state budget proposal, which included a $1.8b investment for universal pre-K and other early-childhood programs, two new investments towards universal health care in California, a significant investment towards California’s paid family leave program, investments to expand free community college tuition for California residents, and nearly a half a billion dollars in investments to manage and prevent wildfires. Newsom’s budget also includes an increase in a state tax credit to finance low-income housing, while continuing to put money away into California’s “rainy day fund.”

In reaction to Governor Newsom’s proposed budget, Eddie Kurtz, the executive director of the California-based Courage Campaign, issued the following statement:

“We are thrilled to see that Governor Newsom plans to build on the financial stability and booming economy that was nurtured under Governor Brown’s leadership. This budget shows that  Newsom intends to use our state’s surplus to make investments that will positively impact the day-to-day lives of ALL Californians, particularly our most vulnerable populations. Simply put, it is refreshing to see a bold progressive agenda emanating from the Governor’s office.

“Courage Campaign and our more than 1.4 million members applaud these critical investments in early-childhood education, health care, higher education, paid family leave and environmental management. Newsom’s announcement that he will expand health care access to undocumented individuals under the age of 25 is a break from his predecessor that will make our state stronger and set the bar higher for the rest of our country. This budget proposal is a shining example of what progressive Democrats can do when they govern courageously.”

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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