Here are the winners and losers in California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May Revise budget

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May Revise budget proposal offered few winners, and plenty of losers, Friday, as he unveiled an austere vision for state finances. Newsom called for slashing more than $32 billion in one-time and ongoing spending, with reductions, cost shifts and delayed spending across a wide variety of state departments and programs.

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The governor however presented a defiant stance at his press conference Friday, telling reporters that “we’re holding the line on unprecedented investments.” State lawmakers and Newsom will hash out the details over the next few weeks. The Legislature is required to pass a balanced spending plan by June 15 and the governor must sign it before the new fiscal year begins on July 1. Here is a look at who won and who lost under Newsom’s revised budget proposal:

LOSERS State workers: While state workers dodged furloughs in this year’s tough budget, they didn’t emerge entirely unscathed. Newsom announced that he wants a 7.95% cut to state operations beginning this next budget year. That’s in addition to the 10,000 vacant state worker positions that he wants to see eliminated. “So we want a leaner government…streamlined government. We want to do what all of you are doing in your personal lives, all the businesses out there doing in their professional lives as well, and we think we can do that and still achieve outstanding outcomes,” Newsom said. Public health: Despite being just a year removed from one pandemic, and amid growing concerns of a possible future one, Newsom has proposed slashing hundreds of millions of dollars from state and local public health spending.

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The governor wants to see $52.5 million reduced from last year’s budget, and a further $300 million in ongoing spending reductions. Asked about his proposal to cut public health spending amid pandemic concerns, Newsom offered a matter-of-fact response. “We have a shortfall. We have to be sober about the reality of what our priorities are,” he said.

The governor’s proposal drew condemnation from those in the public health sector. “Local public health officials are astounded that just one year after the COVID-19 public health emergency ended, the administration has proposed repeating the same mistakes that left public health departments under-prepared and under-resourced and communities of color so vulnerable,” said Michelle Gibbons, Executive Director of the County Health Executives Association of California in a statement. “The biggest lesson of COVID-19 is that waiting until a crisis to invest in public health is a costly and deadly mistake that we can’t afford to repeat.” Cities that rely on homelessness grants: California has given out billions of dollars in flexible spending grants in recent years for local governments to put toward reducing homelessness.

Mayors of large cities have praised the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention program, or HHAP, and the flexibility it provides to spend money on as needed in their own communities, whether it’s standing up new shelters or placing people in interim housing. City leaders have asked Newsom and lawmakers to dedicate permanent funds to the program. Instead, Newsom’s spending plan would cut $260 million from the next round of funding, which was slated to be $1 billion. It does not include funding for HHAP beyond that. “That may not sit well with some, but we’re not seeing the results I want to see,” Newsom said. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, who chairs the Big City Mayors coalition, said “California’s homelessness problem will only get worse” if the program is cut. “If the state wants to reverse the trend of more people falling into homelessness, cutting off funding for programs that are keeping tens of thousands of people indoors and off the streets isn’t the way to do it,” Gloria said.

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Comments

  1. Scarlet Pimpernel says

    Cutting the homeless money is a good thing. The more we spend two things happen: 1) Homelessness increases and 2) The money is wasted on things that do not work.

  2. Well, there he goes again. Just one more in a plethora of moronic reasons he is on the communist fascist racist satanic democrat presidential list. This guy couldn’t tie his own shoes if his life depended on it. Democrats have no conscience, morals, content or character, and fix problems they cause with MORE problems………and they like throwing enormous amounts of money we don’t have, at problems that don’t exist, for solutions that don’t work!!!

  3. Donald J. says

    Wouldn’t be to the benefit of the taxpayers if an independent non governmental agency were to do a thorough audit of each agency to determine work load/productivity and identify how many individuals and agencies doing redundant bs and slash the unproductive? Surveys conducted with the public to determine their satisfaction with the service rendered would also be needed to expose shortcomings in training and the agencies/employees adherence to their in fact ability to serve the public. Never happen as it would ruin their tax and spend policies to expand their control over the sheeple.

  4. Newsom wants to cut Public Health while ALLOWING THE CHINESE TO SETUP BIO LABS IN CALIFORNIA….NEWSOM IS A PUPPET OF THE CHINESE…….THE ABSOLUTE WORSE THING NEWSOM COULD DO IS CUT PUBLIC HEALTH…..Californians are ONE CHINESE MISTAKE IN ONE OF THEIR BIO LABS THAT NEWSON LETS HAPPEN IN CALIFORNIA…..CALIFORNIA WOULD BE A WASTE LAND AND NEWSOM WOULD STILL TRY TO RUN FOR OFFICE AND BLAME EVERYTHING ON TRUMP…I heard the other day that they are considering using Democrat politicians and lawyers instead of lab rats because THERE IS JUST SOME THING RATS WON’T DO

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