Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis Responds to Proposed 2021-2022 State Budget

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Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis Responds to Proposed 2021-2022 State Budget

SACRAMENTO – Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis released the following statement today in response to Governor Gavin Newsom announcing the details of his Proposed 2021-2022 State Budget:

“Today’s proposed budget shows that California is poised to continue meeting the moment as we respond to COVID-19 and help those who have been most impacted by the pandemic. I applaud the Governor’s proposed investments in workforce development and in relief for California’s hardworking small businessmen and women. This, along with no new tuition increases at the UC and CSU, will only make our recovery stronger.”


Eleni Kounalakis is the 50th lieutenant governor of California and the first woman elected to the position. From 2010 to 2013, Kounalakis served as President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary. In 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom designated Kounalakis as his Representative for International Affairs and Trade Development, and as Chair of the corresponding Interagency Committee that oversees the state’s trade, investment and international relations. Kounalakis is also Chair of the three-member State Lands Commission, and a voting member of the University of California Board of Regents, the California State University Board of Trustees, and the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.