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Assemblyman Jay Obernolte

represents the 33rd Assembly District,

which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville. 

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Governor’s State Spending $$??

January 10, 2019__ State Assembly, Sacramento, California        

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte 33rd District points out several issues important to all Californians. 

Governor Newsom’s budget proposal contains a number of supportable provisions, including increases to our budget reserves and additional funding for wildfire prevention and recovery efforts. Support for early childhood education is clearly a worthy investment; however, we must also ensure that children who benefit from expanded preschool go on to study in quality classrooms in grades K-12.

The Governor would also like to expand Medi-Cal eligibility. MediCal is an important health care program that millions of Californians rely on, but it is unfortunately broken, with large numbers of Californians unable to see a doctor because of a lack of participating providers. Expanding Medi-Cal eligibility before addressing the program’s systemic problems would further reduce access to care for the most vulnerable Californians.

As indicators of an economic slowdown grow stronger, we must be cautious before committing to new ongoing state spending. Although I applaud Governor Newsom for making progress towards paying down our ‘wall of debt,’ we must remember that creating new programs that would only have to be cut in a recession would be foolish.

It is an honor to represent you.