Gavin Newsom locked California down, destroying businesses, jobs, and tax revenues, has repeatedly disparaged Trump, and refuses to enforce immigration laws, but now he wants a bailout from the feds. From Joe Guzzardi at theburningplatform.com:
California’s Department of Finance announced that the state faces a mammoth $54 billion COVID-19-created deficit which will, going forward, put the state’s countless public services at risk. Gov. Gavin Newsom projected an 18 percent unemployment rate, a 21 percent drop in new housing permits and a 9 percent decline in personal income.
The grim statistics are worse than at any time during the Great Recession. Newsom described the newest economic forecast as “jaw-dropping,” with COVID-19 wiping out California’s $16 billion rainy day fund and General Fund revenues projected to decline over $41 billion.
State officials anticipate that K-12 schools, community colleges, health care and social service programs are in jeopardy unless California gets a federal bailout. California’s critics who claim Newsom’s over-reaction to COVID-19 contributed to the deficit – Newsom is the first governor to demand that all his 40 million residents stay at home – nevertheless credit the governor with moxie for petitioning the feds for billions in emergency funding. This is the same Newsom that has sued President Trump’s administration more than 60 times, and has at various times called the president “a bully,” “a joke and a racist.”