Some of the biggest spending priorities for Democrats are on the chopping block.
There has been a significant decline in revenue as the state of California remains in lockdown despite not being devastated with COVID cases the way that New York was.
Expected budget cuts include state employee (union) salaries, funding for schools, and money for healthcare for illegal aliens as well as a planned expansion to Medicaid.
That’s gotta hurt those progressive bona fides.
The governor said the May budget revision reflected a 22.3 percent decline in revenue since January. The new revision draws on a $133.9 billion general fund and a $203.3 billion overall budget with a projected deficit of $54.3 billion.
Newsom confirmed that the revised budget included a proposed 10 percent pay cut to all state employees and less funding for the coming fiscal year for K-12 schools and community colleges than he envisioned in January.
“Negotiations will commence or continue with the state’s collective bargaining units to achieve reduced pay of approximately 10 percent,” a press release on the budget said. “The May Revision includes a provision to impose reductions if the state cannot reach an agreement. In addition, nearly all state operations will be reduced over the next two years, and nonessential contracts, purchases and travel have already been suspended.”…
…Newsom additionally was forced to eliminate a proposal to provide health care coverage to immigrants over 65 living in the county illegally, which would’ve cost an estimated $112 million. He similarly seeks to cancel other plans for expanding Medicaid.
Source: KPIX 5
And that’s not all, kiddies…
It looks like it took a global pandemic for the Governor of California to realize that a big, bloated government isn’t a good thing.
Newsom said, “We will find efficiency. You deserve a more nimble government that is leaner across the board.”
I did not see that coming.
What I did see coming was Governor Newsom saying that some of these budget cuts could be avoided if the federal government passes his (sort-of Aunt) Pelosi’s HEROES Act–and it’s their duty to do so.
The governor that has been not just ignoring but adding to a looming pension crisis is now saying that the feds have a “moral and ethical obligation” to bail out states.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Sunday said approving coronavirus relief funding for state and local governments is “not charity” and that his state is facing budgetary concerns as a “direct result” of the crisis.
“It’s a social responsibility at a time when states large and small [ are] facing unprecedented budgetary stress. It is incumbent upon the federal government to support the states through this difficult time,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Newsom said lawmakers have a “moral and ethical obligation” to help Americans across the country.
Source: The Hill
Watch as Governor Newsom says that first responders will be laid off unless the Feds come through with funding.
CA Gov. @GavinNewsom says his state’s budget deficit is directly related to the coronavirus pandemic and federal funding should not be looked at as charity, “when it’s fundamental purpose of government is to protect people’s safety and to protect their well-being.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/9XpDngudxV
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) May 17, 2020
On Saturday, there was a fire in L.A. after an explosion at what is reported to be a facility that extracts hash oil, a concentrated form of marijuana, used in vape pens, edibles, and other products. Production of hash oil can be dangerous because is uses butane in the process.
There is incredible drone footage that shows several firefighters walking through a wall of flames at the scene. Of the hundreds of firefighters on the scene, eleven were taken to the hospital for treatment of burns–three of those were critically injured.
— Chris Cristi (@abc7chriscristi) May 17, 2020
These heroes are the people that Governor Newsom is using as pawns to get the feds to pay up. It’s a case of using thug tactics and bullying to get a Democrat funding bill passed and a disgraceful attempt at shaming Republicans.
Where exactly are the feds going to get the cash from? They’ve already paid out multiple funding bills related to coronavirus, businesses are shut, and people are losing their jobs–where’s this money coming from?
From foreign loans and, mostly, American pension funds.
Do you know how Cali can fix some of its budget deficit problems?
All the way.
Let people take the necessary precautions and trust them to do what is the right thing and in their own best interest.
Then it won’t be the states that are willingly taking on the risks of reopening–Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Indiana, and others–that are paying for some (mostly) blue states that want to stay shut down because of the 24/7 panic porn on CNN.
After all, it’s their “moral and ethical duty” to run the government properly without causing more pension fund debt, right?