Gov. Gavin Newsom submitted his 2020-21 May revision budget proposal to the Legislature — a plan aimed to close the budget gap of more than $54 billion brought on by the COVID-19 recession.

“COVID-19 has caused California and economies across the country to confront a steep and unprecedented economic crisis — facing massive job losses and revenue shortfalls,” Newsom said. “Our budget today reflects that emergency. We are proposing a budget to fund our most essential priorities — public health, public safety and public education — and to support workers and small businesses as we restart our economy. But difficult decisions lie ahead. With shared sacrifice and the resilient spirit that makes California great, I am confident we will emerge stronger from this crisis in the years ahead.”

The May revision calls to cancel new initiatives proposed in the governor’s budget, cancel and reduce spending included in the 2019 Budget Act, draw down reserves, borrow from special funds, temporarily increase revenues and make government more efficient. The budget will show that the most painful cuts will only be triggered if the federal government does not pass an aid package that helps states and local governments.


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