Calif. Gov. Newsom proposes billions in budget cuts

California Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his revised 2020-2021 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, May 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)

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UPDATED 5:20 PM PT — Thursday, May 14, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed cutting more than $6 billion from a variety of programs as the state’s revenues continue to plummet. During Thursday’s press briefing, the governor laid out his proposal to tackle a projected $54 billion deficit in the Golden State’s budget.

The proposals included canceling billions in spending increases, a 10 percent pay cut for all state workers and utilizing the “rainy day fund.”

“So we are committing in the documents we’re putting out here today to use all of the $16.2 billion in the rainy day reserve, but do it over a three year period. No matter what we do this year, it won’t be enough to address the shortfall next year. We have to be mindful of our responsibility to balance the budget every year.” – Gavin Newsom, Governor of California

The governor confirmed he will eliminate a controversial plan to provide health care coverage to immigrants living in the country illegally.

This photo shows copies of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised 2020-2021 state budget at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, May 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)

Newsom has also ramped up efforts to tackle the state’s upcoming wildfire season, despite the high cost of containing COVID-19. Earlier in the week, he promised to increase funding for first responders by $170 million.

According to the governor, the money will help sustain recent changes to protocol for fighting fires and handling evacuations. So far, the state has experienced 60 percent more fires than last year.

“We’re focused on coronavirus mitigation, trying to do our best to suppress the spread,” said Newsom. “At the same time, we’ve got to mitigate and suppress these fires as we move into wildfire season.”

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