SACRAMENTO — The coronavirus has claimed another victim: California’s finances.
Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his revised 2020-21 state budget plan Thursday at a somber briefing punctuated by bleak talk of deficits, program cuts and record unemployment. His $203 billion spending proposal — nearly $19 billion less than his ambitious January budget blueprint — includes a slight increase in public health funding to help California in its fight against COVID-19, but falls far short of the amount public health leaders say is needed to respond immediately and prepare for future threats.
“The state of California, as large as we are,” Newsom said, “simply cannot do everything that is needed in this moment.”
The Democratic governor also warned that California can no longer afford the expansive health