On January 8, 2021, Governor Newsom released his January 2021–22 budget proposal. The proposal represents a good first step towards ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of older Californians. The proposal would make significant one-time investments in this year’s budget. This one-time spending is largely driven by a $26 billion windfall due to improvements in California’s economic outlook since last year’s budget. A portion of these funds are being allocated to kicking off implementation of California’s recently released Master Plan for Aging, as well as making investments in housing and homelessness, health and long-term services and supports, and economic and food security. While we laud these steps, Justice in Aging will continue to advocate for more long-term investment to ensure older Californians have the supports they need to live in dignity and safety.
Read our detailed analysis of the budget provisions impacting low-income older adults.