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Written by: Sophia Bollag / The Sacramento Bee
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a $222.2 billion budget proposal Friday with plans to spend part of a projected $5.6 billion surplus on green technology and homeless aid.
In a press conference that lasted two hours and 50 minutes, Newsom touted the strength of California’s fiscal outlook after 10 years of consistent economic growth while he made a case to invest in programs that could lift up lower- and middle-income families.
“Our state has provided the rocket fuel for the nation’s economic expansion,” his budget proposal reads. “We are the world’s capital of innovation. We have more people with access to health care and higher education than any other state. California is showing the nation and the world what big-hearted, effective governance looks like.”