Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski:
“A budget is a statement of values. With his inflation relief package, Governor Newsom made a strong declaration that California is squarely behind working people being squeezed by rising costs and low wages.
“This package includes a constellation of beneficial proposals to ease the burden on workers and their families. We’re pleased the Governor is proposing to bump up the minimum wage and provide direct cash assistance given how hard inflation is hitting low-wage workers, in particular. The proposal also provides much-needed relief to working people on health care, child care, rent, housing and gas prices.
“We thank the Governor for submitting a proposal that reflects the values of everyday Californians. We look forward to working with the Administration and legislature to pass this relief package to provide a boost to all California families.”