Assemblymember Levine Statement on State Budget Action that Funds North Bay Priorities

For immediate release:

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Marc Levine (D – Marin County) today released the following statement after the California State Assembly approved a compromise 2021-22 Budget Act. The $264 billion budget was passed on time, balanced and made generational investments in education, invests billions in drought and wildfire prevention, supports local government initiatives to address homelessness and continues our best in the nation work to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“We do big things and little things in this historic budget, but the most important thing is taking the time to do them right. This budget prioritizes equitable investments in communities across the state while dealing with the challenges of wildfire, drought and the pandemic. The pandemic revealed longstanding inequities that we’ve ignored too long. I’m grateful to vote on a budget that makes investments that will have transformative impacts for generations to come and we can’t get started soon enough.”

 

The budget also includes millions of dollars to support communities throughout the North Bay including:

 

$4,000,000 to Homeward Bound of Marin to help end Marin County veteran homelessness.

 

$3,000,000 to the Sonoma County Transportation Authority for Highway 37 final design.

 

$2,000,000 to the Ocean Protection Council for support of the Marine Mammal Center.

 

$1,000,000 to the Marin Municipal Water District for drinking water infrastructure.

 

$1,000,000 to the City of Larkspur for the Larkspur Library.

 

$1,000,000 to the City of San Rafael for the San Rafael Library.

 

$1,000,000 to the County of Sonoma for the Roseland Library.

 

$1,000,000 to the North Bay Children’s Center for infrastructure improvements.

 

$500,000 to the County of Sonoma – Sonoma Valley Wildlands Collaborative for fuel reduction, perimeter fuel reduction, roadside fuel breaks, defensible space and fuel break maintenance.

 

$250,000 to the Department of General Services for the Sonoma Developmental Center Cemetery for Americans with Disabilities Act parking and memorial improvements.

 

For more information on the Legislature’s 2021-22 budget proposal, please visit: https://abgt.assembly.ca.gov/sites/abgt.assembly.ca.gov/files/Floor%20Report%20of%20the%202021-22%20Budget%20-%20%28June%2028%2C%202021%20Version%29.pdf