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2023-2024 State Budget Highlights

$145 Million in Direct Investments for the District & Statewide:

$1,250,000 - for the South Bay Center for Counseling to support the expansion of the Strength Based Community Change’s Thriving Families Well-being Initiative.

$2,500,000 - for Kedren South to fully fund and build the acute psychiatric wing in the new Psychiatric Acute Care Hospital & Children's Village in South Los Angeles (LA).

$1,250,000 - for the Beacon House Association of San Pedro's Bartlett Center. The Bartlett Remodel will update equipment and fixtures and increase storage capacity, allowing BH to increase daily meals served from 940 to 2,100 to residents and unhoused neighbors.

$80,000,000 - for Juvenile Court Schools.

$60,000,000 - to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to expand nursing programs (co-champion).

Assembly Recognizes National Achievement of Compton Students

(Sacramento) –Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) recognized two outstanding students from Compton Unified School District today on the Assembly floor for winning the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement’s (MESA) National Engineering Design Competition. Azucena Castro and Jennifer Barrientos, recent graduates from Dominguez High School, took top honors for their prosthetic arm design.

“I am beyond proud of these two young students,” states Gipson. “Not only have they accomplished something truly amazing for themselves, but they have brought a great deal of pride to their community. By winning this competition, they have shown what hard working students with limited resources can accomplish.”

Hepatitis C Pilot Project among Key Programs in Budget

State funds heading to health programs, education and local projects

(Sacramento) - The State Assembly passed several bills today necessary to enact the budget. Among the key provisions approved by the Legislature were several programs to improve health, education, and local projects throughout the state.

Desolate Roads in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

State Auditor to examine potential inequalities in CalTrans Maintenance Program 

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson), Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, requested today that the State Auditor examine the California Department of Transportation’s (CalTrans) Maintenance Program. The audit, which was approved by a unanimous vote, will examine what criteria and methods CalTrans uses to decide where resources are sent.

“From city to city, the disparity in the upkeep of our public roads is obvious,” states Gipson. “I want to understand why the freeway on ramps, highway pavement, and rest stops in more disadvantaged neighborhoods are often in more disrepair compared to affluent areas. This audit would assess what criteria CalTrans is using to select maintenance projects, and look at the disparity between funding in different socio-economic districts.”

Education, Healthcare, and Poverty Priorities in California’s Budget

California Legislature sends balanced budget to the Governor

(Sacramento) The State Legislature approved the state budget by a 52-28 vote today, meeting a midnight deadline to send the bill to the Governor. The Legislature’s budget allocates more than $117 billion, and sets aside over $5 billion in reserves. Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) released the following statement on this year’s budget:

“I’m proud to support a balanced budget that prioritizes education, healthcare, and poverty reduction in California. By strengthening social programs to assist the disadvantaged, such as early education and the Earned Income Tax Program, more Californians will have the freedom to follow their own path to success and happiness. This budget will also help create healthier communities by restoring funding cuts to critical Medi-Cal programs. For the residents of the 64th Assembly District, these changes could mean the difference between finally breaking out of the cycle of poverty and building communities that offer a better quality of life to future generations. Overall, these policies outline the virtues of a society concerned with creating the broadest opportunities for all of our citizens.”

Equality for Crime Victims

Assembly supports equal rights for victims at parole hearings   

(Sacramento) – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) to provide victims equal access to information prior to parole hearings passed the Assembly this week by a unanimous vote. Sponsored by Crime Victims United of California (CVUC), Assembly Bill (AB) 920 would require that an inmate’s board packet be provided to a victim’s attorney.

“At each parole hearing, the Parole Board, the district attorney, and the inmate’s attorney are all provided a packet of information regarding the inmate’s incarceration. However, this information is not shared with the victim, or their next of kin. AB 920 would allow those with the most concern regarding an inmate’s release the ability to access this relevant material,” state Gipson.

Improving Government Accountability and Care

Assembly approves measures by Assemblymember Gipson 

(Sacramento) –Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) garnered support from his colleagues to pass several bills out of the Assembly this week. Amongst the legislation approved was Assembly Bill (AB) 709, which will provide public accountability over charter schools, and AB 1235 that would enhance care for senior citizens.

“The success of effectively moving these bills passed the deadline for the first half of the legislative process is greatly encouraging,” states Gipson. “I look forward to now guiding these measures through the Senate and to the Governor for consideration.”

Improving Access to Higher Education

Assembly approves legislation to give students a better opportunity to learn 

(Sacramento) – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) to provide students improved access to higher education passed the Assembly Floor this week.

“In California, we are extremely proud of our world renowned institutions for higher education,” states Gipson. “However, that does not mean we can turn a blind eye to the challenges, and ignore the necessary changes we must make to ensure we are providing students the best possible learning experience.”

Assemblymember Gipson Appointed to Council of State Government

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) was appointed to the Council of State Government (CSG) by the Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins. Gipson will sit on the Finance Policy Committee, which gives members an opportunity to discuss issues relating to state budgets and fiscal trends.