An open letter to Asm. Zbur, Gov. Newsom, Sen. Allen.
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An Open Letter

To: Asm. Zbur, Gov. Newsom, Sen. Allen

From: A verified voter in Santa Monica, CA

May 25

Hi, I’m a constituent from [CITY] and a member of Indivisible Westside Los Angeles. I’m contacting you because of my concerns with the Governor’s May Revised Budget. I understand that the state faces a serious budget shortfall, and some difficult decisions must be made, but these decisions should reflect Californian values and the well-being of its residents. Unfortunately, many of the the Governor’s choices do not meet that standard. Currently on the chopping block is funding for vital programs that address public health, access to Medi-Cal and Covered California, affordable housing, climate resilience, employment and workforce development, and environmental protection. One example is the proposed $18M (33 percent) reduction in funding for Health Care Enrollment Navigators, which would sunset the Statewide health care navigation enrollment program in its entirety. Not only would this proposed budget cut eliminate nearly 100 jobs, but the loss of this vital public service will disproportionately affect low-income communities, Californians of color, Californians with disabilities, and families with children. Meanwhile, the state’s $18 BILLION budget for Corrections remains bloated and is hardly being touched. With 15,000 empty prison beds statewide – a number expected to grow substantially in coming years – the state could save $1B right now by closing just five prisons. Californians need healthy communities, not a carceral state. I urge you to budget accordingly and stand firm against cuts that harm our friends, families, and neighbors. Thank you for your time and attention.

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