Grove comments on state COVID-19 funding proposal

Grove comments on state COVID-19 funding proposalState Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove recently commented on the importance of Special Budget Subcommittee oversight on COVID-19 spending. Last month, Senate Republican Leader Grove and members of the California Senate Republican Caucus voted in support of Senate Bill 89. This legislation has committed $500 million initially and up to $1 billion in total to support the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

As of date, the governor has spent more than $850 million dollars from SB 89 including a recent announcement for purchase of two hundred million N95 and surgical masks per month for two months at a price tag of $495 million so far. Senate Republicans have been tracking the spending costs.

“We must ensure the state is doing everything possible to support the health and safety of Californians and our incredible frontline workers. Senate Republicans remain committed to ensuring we are legislating responsibly and providing necessary transparency and accountability for California taxpayers. In addition to mitigating the immediate effects of this current crisis, we are also focused on ensuring long-term economic stability for job creators and workers alike,” she said.

The subcommittee will review the state’s COVID-19 spending which includes authorized spending under SB 89. The Department of Finance and Legislative Analyst’s Office also will participate in the hearing.

Story First Published: 2020-04-17