Gov. Newsom looks to plug $54 billion budget hole

Four months ago, Newsom revealed a $222.2 billion spending plan that included a nearly $6 billion surplus and a host of new programs, including starting the state’s own prescription drug label and giving taxpayer-funded health care to low-income senior citizens living in the country illegally. But that all changed on March 19, when Newsom issued a mandatory, statewide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

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