These are uncertain times. This pandemic has turned our world upside down and the people we represent are hurting. Some have lost loved ones, many have lost jobs, and small businesses are closing and struggling to stay financially afloat. Approving this budget today rejects some of the severe cuts proposed in the Governor’s budget last month, but I think we cannot in good faith cut programs without knowing all the financial facts.
The protests that have arisen across this country in response to the tragic killing of George Floyd represent a real and valid frustration over systemic racism, law enforcement practices and the criminal justice system.
I see the peaceful protesters as courageous and inspiring. For every one of them, I know there are many more people at home who support their cause.
SACRAMENTO–Today in a rare event, the Assembly convened as a Committee of the Whole on the State Budget and Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) took his allotted time to tell his colleagues that he is strongly opposed to the drastic cuts in senior programs proposed in Governor Newsom’s May Revise state budget.
“The cuts to senior programs in this state budget revision completely ignores the value of prevention and are extremely short-sighted,” said Wood. “Maintaining these key preventive and assistance programs for seniors don’t just save the state money, they save lives.”
Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Jim Wood have been diligently working with county officials to ensure rural Californians are not left behind in coronavirus testing deserts as the state boosts the number of testing sites.
Currently, there are over 700,000 Californians who still aren’t within an hour’s drive of a testing site after a commitment was made by the state that all Californians will be within a one-hour drive of a site. Obviously, this is unacceptable to both the Assemblymember and Senator.
SACRAMENTO—Today Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) and Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom, signed by a bipartisan group of 50 legislators, asking the state of California to assure funding for rural counties that have been left out of federal COVID-19 assistance programs because their populations are smaller than 500,000. Legislators are hearing from many smaller local governments about the financial impact the COVID pandemic has had on the counties and cities they represent.
SACRAMENTO—Today Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) asks the public to raise their awareness of the dangers of domestic violence and sexual assault, especially during this time when people are being asked to shelter in place.