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California budget forecasts $15 billion one-time windfall

Gov. Gavin Newsom will introduce his proposed state budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022.

Posted: Jan 8, 2021 8:25 AM
Updated: Jan 8, 2021 11:58 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget plan calls for turning a $15 billion windfall into economic relief as the state faces a rapid surge in coronavirus cases and deaths.

His $227 billion plan, released Friday, comes as he notes the state is facing "a challenge the likes of which we never expected."

Newsom says the budget addresses five urgent needs: Vaccinating people against coronavirus, reopening schools, supporting small businesses, getting money into people's pockets and preparing for wildfires, for which he includes $1 billion.

It marks a sharp turn as lawmakers were forced to make cuts in the summer to make up a shortfall in the midst of the pandemic.

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