“Now is the time to support people’s freedom to work,” Assemblywoman Dahle says of Governor’s revised budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Following California Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised budget proposal in the wake of the ongoing, months-long, COVID-19 public health crisis, Assemblywoman Megan Dahle (R-Bieber) today responded, saying in part, “Now is the time to suspend AB 5 and support people’s freedom to work.”


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Before the novel coronavirus outbreak and with an estimated $16 billion in reserves, Newsom had preciously set aside hundreds of millions of dollars in his $222 billion January proposal for various programs such as expanding health care for undocumented residents; providing more help for low income families, the homeless, and seniors; and recruiting more teachers.

“Our state has provided the rocket fuel for the nation’s economic expansion,” Newsom said at the time. “California is showing the nation and the world what big-hearted, effective governance looks like.”

However, as the COVID-19 world-wide pandemic continues to wreak havoc with California’s economy and as revenues continue to plummet across the state, due in large part to the continuing COVID-19-related stay-at-home orders and the fact that 4.6 million Californians have filed for unemployment since March 12, the state is now facing a projected deficit of $54.3 billion, according to Newsom.

“We are at a time that’s simply unprecedented,” Newsom explained, saying an economic impact such as the state is seeing now “hasn’t been felt like this since the Great Depression.”

While stating that the new budget prioritizes public education, public health and public safety, Newsom’s Thursday forecast estimated that tax revenues will likely drop by about a quarter.

Newsom also announced that he plans to tap the state’s $16 billion rainy day fund over the next three years.

While appealing directly to President Trump and Congress for help in preventing the proposed billions in budget cuts, Newsom said, “The federal government has a moral and ethical and economic obligation to help support the states.”

“After all, what is the point of government, if not to protect people, our safety and the well-being of citizens?” asked Newsom.

In response to Thursday’s proposed budget revision – and after hearing from her constituents how the state’s ongoing pandemic response has forever changed their everyday lives, now seemingly a distant memory to today’s “new-normal” – Dahle today said, “Now is the time for absolute fiscal responsibility on behalf of the state, and the prioritization of supporting businesses as we work to get our economy back on track.”

“COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on California’s economy and Californians’ employment prospects,” Dahle explained; saying, “Now is the time to suspend AB 5 and support people’s freedom to work. Now is the time to reduce costly regulation and red tape on businesses so they can begin to financially recuperate.”

“As Californians face unprecedented rates of unemployment, we must prioritize the reopening of our economy,” said Dahle.

“Checks from Washington won’t solve the $54 billion deficit facing us, and tax increases won’t either,” Dahle continued. “The way forward for California is reducing regulations on business and getting people safely back to work so our state can begin the process of recovery.” 

Assemblywoman Megan Dahle represents the 1st Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of Butte and Placer counties, along with Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, and Siskiyou counties.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.


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