Gov. Gavin Newsom, Friday proposed pouring tens of billions of dollars into California’s struggling economy as part of a record-setting state budget proposal that will play out as he defends himself in a recall election.
The $267.8 billion plan would direct billions in spending toward stimulus checks for Californians, give millions of children a start on college savings accounts and provide grants of up to $25,000 apiece to businesses set back by COVID-19. His plan, which proposes $196.8 billion in general fund spending, also includes massive efforts to modernize the state’s roads, bridges and broadband.
It would essentially create a new grade in California public schools called transitional kindergarten and expand childcare slots. It would also expand eligibility for Medi-Cal, the state-funded health program for low-income people, to undocumented people over age 60. In other words, illegal aliens. Does this impact the California citizens that have paid into this California system and possibly hurt thoes USA citizens who have contributed money into this system when the aliens have not?
And it would put $24.4 billion into reserve accounts, including the so-called Rainy-Day Fund that gives lawmakers a cushion when revenue falls.
Newsom said: This is our plan to get California not only back on its feet, but California roaring back, once again, to its rightful status as the most essential and dominant state, not only in the United States, but one of the most essential modern economies anywhere in the world.
It is a stark turnaround from a year ago when he and lawmakers slashed tens of billions of dollars in planned spending and cut public employees’ pay as they braced for a severe recession.