Tuesday Top of the Scroll: California budget – How will Newsom spend multi-billion dollar surplus?
Buoyed by another massive surplus, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday unveiled a wide-ranging $286 billion spending proposal for 2022-23, prioritizing more money to fight COVID-19 and tackle climate change, homelessness, the rising cost of living and other issues that plague the Golden State. … The budget also aims to address more long-standing problems, including climate-related issues such as wildfires and drought. It calls for an additional $1.2 billion to boost forest management and $750 million to round out last year’s $5.2 billion water package to help residents, farmers and wildlife respond to the historic drought.