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Billion Dollar Budget Proposal Seeks to Settle Compounding Crises in California




California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California justice department on September 18, 2019 in Sacramento, California.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California justice department on September 18, 2019 in Sacramento, California.
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On Jan. 8, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his $227 billion budget proposal which includes incentives to reopen schools, grants for small businesses, and a “Golden State Stimulus,” which would provide $600 checks for low-income Californians.

Billions of dollars have been earmarked for expanded summer school programs, infrastructure, rental assistance, and “immediate action” pandemic programs, according to CalMatters reporting. Up $31 billion from the fiscal budget for 2020, the proposal would be the largest the state has ever implemented.

Still, the budget is not finalized and negotiations may take months. Have questions or comments? Let us know your thoughts about the proposed budget at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Ben Christopher, reporter covering California politics and elections for CalMatters; he tweets @FromBenC