Gavin Newsom unveils state budget
by Peter Zerzan
Jan 11, 2020

On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a $222 billion state budget. It is an increase in spending of over 2% from the current budget.

There is an increase in K-12 and community college spending, an expansion of Medi-Cal to cover nearly 27,000 undocumented seniors, and more money added to the state’s “rainy-day” fund. Newsom also included $20 million for enforcement of AB-5, the bill aimed at enforcing labor laws regarding independent contractors. The budget also creates a $750 million fund for housing for the homeless as well as a $1.4 billion expansion of Medi-Cal for services to the homeless. The budget predicts a slightly less surplus than last year.

The only new tax Newsom has proposed is a $32 million tax on vaping. To reduce spending, Newsom has promised to close a prison in the next 5 years, as well as reduce the time someone is on probation to two years, instead of the current five.