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Western states asking federal government for $1 trillion in aid

U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING
Posted at 4:59 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 19:59:57-04

California and other western states are asking the federal government for $1 trillion in relief for states and local governments amid the coronavirus pandemic and massive budget shortfalls that have followed.

Governor Gavin Newsom made that announcement earlier Monday. In addition to California, the western states in the pact asking for aid include Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

California had a projected $6 billion surplus a few months ago. Last week it was announced that the state will have a budget shortfall of $54.3 billion.