Negotiations Between Governor And State Legislature Continue

California lawmakers have passed a budget, but negotiations are still ongoing between the governor and the state legislature. Chris Hoene with the nonpartisan California Budget and Policy Center says the biggest sticking point between Governor Gavin Newsom and lawmakers is when to make potential cuts if California does not receive additional federal aid.

 

In health care, Hoene says cuts could total $1.6 billion. He adds also on the table is the governor’s proposal to cut state worker wages by 10%. The budget passed late Monday night was largely a formality, as lawmakers are required by state law to pass one by the June 15 deadline or else forfeit their pay. But the unfinished spending plan that passed still has many details left to hammer out as the state is facing an unprecedented $54 billion deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic.