Warning: Spending spree on California's horizon

Friday, January 11, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

pile of cashThe public can expect to hear a lot more in the coming months about government spending in the Golden State.

Less than one week in office, Governor Gavin Newsom (D-California) is promising a lot of new and expanded programs – which he says are needed to make a better California. "We won't be divided between rural and urban, north, south, coastal and inland," Newsom said after his swearing-in ceremony. "We will strive always for solidarity and face our most threatening problems together."

California resident Steven Greenhut of the R Street Institute says people are fearful about how much this will cost.

Greenhut

"... For all his many flaws, [former Governor Jerry Brown] at least held the line on creating new programs and making sure that the budget was balanced and making sure that we had money in the 'rainy day' fund," he says. "He spent a lot and he raised taxes a lot, neither of which were good, but he was careful that way."

But Newsom, who was lieutenant governor under Brown and prior to that was mayor of San Franciso, is pitching things involving healthcare, childcare, and free community college. He's even called for a "Marshall plan" to help poor families in California.

"So, Katy bar the doors," Greenhut warns. "I think we're going to be seeing a lot more spending, especially now that the legislature has extremely strong supermajorities after the last election, which just obliterated what was left of the Republican Party here."

Greenhut writes that Newsom has already proposed nearly $2 billion in early childhood programs and is setting the state for universal healthcare.

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