Gavin Newsom’s First Budget Calls for Big Spending and Paying Down Debt

Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a blizzard of new spending in his first budget, calling for increased expenditures on education, homelessness and poverty, as well as programs to bolster California’s long-term fiscal health.

Mr. Newsom’s new spending plans take advantage of a growing surplus he projects for the state.

The governor laid out his plans on Thursday, his fourth day on the job, in a two-hour presentation, reading from notes scribbled on a legal pad and fielding often detailed questions.

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