Children's advocates were thrilled when Gov. Gavin Newsom came out big for them on Jan. 10 in his first budget proposal. He called for phasing in universal preschool, putting money into state-funded child care and investing in education for child care workers. State Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said it’s clear Newsom will be an ally on social issues.
"And we're also clear that we also helped set the table for him to have the luxury of coming in in 2019 and making these declarations and having money to spend," she said.
Mitchell points to the painful votes lawmakers — women and men — took during the great recession that cut social programs, and afterward, that ultimately built up the state’s reserves. During his budget press conference, Newsom called out lawmakers whose proposals he’d drawn from, including Mitchell. She ticks off the hard-fought bills she got passed when others weren’t talking about poverty.
"First increase in CalWORKs' cash grant in a generation. Elimination of a racist, classist, sexist policy — Maximum Family Grant," she listed. "More and more people at the table talking about child poverty.”