Governor Presents State Budget Proposal

Governor Gavin Newsom presented his state budget proposal on Friday. The spending plan is over $222 billion and puts significant money towards addressing wildfires, climate change, education, healthcare and homelessness.  It includes funding to hire hundreds more firefighters and sends more money to Medi-Cal to expand mental health resources and coverage. The plan also allocate $750 million to build more housing and shelters, and help homeless pay rent. $900 million would go towards the state’s teacher shortage. If approved by lawmakers, the proposal would represent the biggest state budget in California history.