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Gov. Newsom unveils budget proposal for next fiscal

Posted at 11:18 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 14:18:07-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KERO) — Gov. Gavin Newsom is releasing his state budget plan for the next fiscal year.

California's budget plan includes $15 billion in one-time windfall as wealthier residents avoid the effects of the pandemic.

His $227 billion plan, released Friday, also includes $1 billion for “wildfire and forest resiliency.”

Since California’s progressive tax structure relies mostly on wealthy earners, the pandemic has led to a strange contrast in the nation’s most populous state: Many people who earn more than $60,000 per year have been able to keep their jobs because they can work from home.

The state Legislative Analyst had predicted the windfall would be around $26 billion.