CA’s Newsom unveils plan to spend state’s $100 billion surplus, COVID relief funds

CA’s Newsom unveils plan to spend state’s $100 billion surplus, COVID relief funds
Let my people go. Monarch, the last California Golden Bear in captivity, in photo ca. 1900. UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library. LU Staff

[Ed. – He couldn’t be doing anything more tin-eared prior to a recall election – but mass-mailing unsolicited ballots can fix any problem.]

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday proposed a $268 billion state budget that is one-third larger than the state’s current spending plan, fueled by surging state tax revenues and federal stimulus money.

The first-term Democrat called his spending plan an “unprecedented generational and transformational budget.”

The plan includes $35 million over five years to pay for “universal basic income pilot programs.” Also included are plans to provide Medicaid benefits to people 60 and older living in the country illegally.

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In addition, Newsom said he wants to spend $11 billion to build what his office termed “a modernized transportation system for the next century.” That includes not only repairing decayed roads and bridges, but more spending for the state’s troubled bullet train, other public transportation, the state’s ocean ports and projects around the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

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