California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to cover a $54.3 billion budget deficit includes slashing millions in spending that keep more than 45,000 people out of nursing homes — some of a series of cuts targeting older adults who are among the most at risk for the new coronavirus.
The proposed cuts have angered state lawmakers from both major political parties who say it’s irresponsible in light of the coronavirus pandemic that has spread through nursing homes across the state. It’s one of many conflicts emerging this week as lawmakers hold public hearings examining Newsom’s proposal before they must vote on a spending plan by June 15.
Newsom, a Democrat, was the first governor to issue a mandatory stay-at-home order in mid-March. While widely credited with slowing the spread of the new coronavirus, it has caused state tax collections to plummet by forcing many businesses to close for more than two months and putting 4.7 million people out of work.