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Republican East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker voted against the state’s $122.5 billion budget package this week.
However, there were some parts of the budget Baker supported, such as setting aside $2 billion for the state’s rainy day fund. Baker, though, criticized increased spending and additional funding for high-speed rail, a project she has always vigorously opposed.
Baker, who is up for re-election for the first time (she is facing Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio in November), had one other gripe with the budget bill—the additional funding of medical benefits for undocumented immigrants.
In a statement, Baker disagreed with the allocation of “nearly $200 million to cover Medi-Cal benefits for undocumented immigrants at a time when legal residents already cannot get timely access to care the Medi-Cal provider network continues to shrink.”
The sentiment would not be popular in the Greater East Bay, but might be amendable in the purplish 16th Assembly District centered in Walnut Creek, Lamorinda and the Tri Valley. Give her credit, though, she didn’t say “illegal aliens” or any other pejorative for immigrants often used by Republicans. She said undocumented immigrants. Might that also be due to the large shadow of Donald Trump possibly darkening her re-election campaign this fall?
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