Coronavirus forces sharp cuts to schools, healthcare in California, Newsom says

With California’s economy hobbled by the impacts of the long coronavirus shutdown, Gov. Gavin Newsom asked lawmakers Thursday to sharply curtail spending on public schools and an array of government services while warning additional cuts could be necessary by year’s end.

Newsom said his budget plan, intended to erase a $54.3-billion deficit through early next summer, is designed to preserve what it can in the state’s commitment to public health, public safety and public education. Even so, the proposal leaves few programs unscathed. And it lays the groundwork for even deeper cuts, which would be automatically triggered if President Trump and Congress fail to provide billions of dollars more in pandemic assistance.

“We are going to be dealing with challenges that we haven’t faced in some time,” Newsom said. Click here to read more: