Dickerson News Update
California state budget deal avoids big cuts to health care, education
In the face of a massive budget deficit, Governor Newsom had proposed cuts to safety-net programs intended to keep the elderly and low-income residents out of long-term care homes. State lawmakers rejected these cuts, and negotiated a new budget. Governor Newsom agreed to a plan on Monday that would avoid these budget cuts. Newsom negotiated the plan with legislative leaders, and lawmakers are expected to vote on the proposal later this week.
It is estimated that counties will lose $1.7 billion in public health funding between January 2020 and the end of June 2021 because of lower sales tax revenues and vehicle license fees. To help them make up for that loss, the proposed budget includes $750 million in state money. Counties would get an additional $250 million if the federal government approves new COVID-19 relief money for states. Governor Newsom must sign the proposed budget by July 1, 2020, which is when the spending plan would take effect.
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Governor Newsom has announced California could reverse reopening economy if coronavirus cases continue to rise
During a press conference, California Governor Gavin Newsom stated California could shut down part of its economy again if the state loses control of the coronavirus pandemic. Records indicate there has been a recent increase in people seeking hospitalized care for COVID-19 related problems. Newsom also announced 3,702 people were reported to have been hospitalized for COVID-19 symptoms in a single day, which was a record high. On Monday, a new record was set with records indicating over 6,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in a single day.
Governor Newsom made it very clear by stating, “We’re not out of the first wave.” To combat the spread of the virus, Newsom warned Californians to adopt measures such as wearing masks when they cannot maintain social distancing outside their homes. The warning reinforces Newsom’s mask order, which has become a widely discussed subject.
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