The ambitious and potentially costly agenda by new Gov. Gavin Newsom has some taxpayer groups concerned. While California enjoys a large surplus, the state will undertake an aggressive spending program that uses a list of social welfare programs and will surely be approved by a supermajority in both houses of the state Legislature, which will easily override any vetos presented to the governor.
Newsom campaigned on a list of costly projects that will revamp education, rid the state of the masses of homeless and expand healthcare. The promises include universal preschool, a guarantee of free community college and single-payer healthcare. This new program will cost tens of billions of dollars, as explained by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the state`s largest taxpayer group. Mr Newsom is ready to spend and the state is one that is embracing all new programs.
As Jerry Brown leaves office the state has $14 billion in a rainy day fund while several billion remains in other areas. The state budget passed at $201.4 billion and was signed into law in June. The US economy is slowing down and while the state is approaching a heavy spending agenda.
As Mayor of San Francisco Newsom signed in free health care for everyone and expanded it to non-citizens of the United States, while saying that he wants to have cradle to career free care and education.
Trump and Newsom have had their differences and as $106 billion is expected to flow into California from the federal government, with some going to school districts. Trump has previously threatened to take away federal money because of sanctuary policies. Immigration, health care and the environment are all on the table.
Universal preschool healthcare will cost the state $2 billion with $750 million going to expanding kindergarten education to a full day. Additional funds will go to training child care workers.