Governor Gavin Newsom made it clear in yesterday’s press conference, “We are prioritizing protections for our most vulnerable…” our seniors, medically compromised and the homeless.
As Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, I am clear that our crisis management response to COVID-19 will have an unanticipated and disproportionate impact on our state budget. I have initiated conversations with my community leaders while working with legislative leadership to identify gaps in services and resources for those who employ and support government functions and people. We are assessing how the government can be helpful in filling those gaps.
The Governor stated California has never been in a better position to weather a recession and our state will likely experience one in the aftermath of COVID-19. Fortunately, our current fiscal situation is nowhere near that of 2008-09. We have the resources and the ability to scale up to respond to this current crisis.
As we pivot to follow the new directives the Governor issued today and learn more about protocols concerning worker protections; I want to ensure that our non-profit sector, churches and small businesses are afforded the same protections and resources as for-profit and large employers.
For those who have had drastic modifications to their employment contact the Employment Development Office (EDD):