KPAY News
Governor Gavin Newsom's budget proposal goes heavy on COVID-19 protection and mitigation. The governor announced his spending priorities for the next fiscal year Monday in Sacramento. Part of the plan includes a two-point-seven-billion-dollar package for COVID-19 response. Of this proposal, one-point-two billion would go toward the state's testing programs. The budget also addresses climate concerns including wildfires and drought, homelessness, and crime. And there is a first-in-the-nation proposal to offer universal access to healthcare coverage for all state residents, regardless of immigration status. The 286-billion dollar spending plan builds on a state surplus of nearly 46-billion dollars.