California Gov. Gavin Newsom


California Uses Budget Surplus for Safety Net Investment

As the state enjoys a massive tax windfall, California Gov. Gavin Newsom presented a revised $268 billion budget on Friday that makes several big investments in the state’s social safety net, adding resources for foster youth in schools, beefing up support to vulnerable families in the child welfare system and distributing millions of dollars for behavioral health reforms.


Governor’s Virus-Driven Budget Driven by Unexpected Tax Surplus

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a spending plan Friday that includes billions of dollars to address the raging coronavirus pandemic, a modest boost to some safety-net programs for vulnerable children and families and a plan to get more of the state’s most vulnerable students back in the classroom.


Legislators Delay Newsom’s Plan to Close California’s Juvenile Prisons 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan announced in May to close the state’s three juvenile prisons and one camp that house 800 young people has been put on hold until at least later this summer.


California Legislators Restore Child Welfare Cut as Budget Battle Looms

With California still officially entering a recession Monday and coronavirus infections continuing to multiply, the state Legislature released a budget that would restore more than $90 million in previously proposed cuts to child welfare services, setting up a showdown between lawmakers and Gov.


Outrage Over Looting Misses Point, Young People in Los Angeles Say

Eight years after her 14-year-old cousin was shot and killed by law enforcement during a mental health crisis, Los Angeles youth activist E.V. is closely watching the protests against police brutality that have now gripped every major American city. 


Newsom Budget Calls for New Early Childhood Department, Boosts Funds for Housing, Mental Health and Foster Care Reform

In his second annual budget proposal on Friday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) pledged to create a new Department of Early Childhood Development, vowed to pursue substantive behavioral health reforms in California and continued to support major child welfare initiatives from his predecessor, former California Governor Jerry Brown.

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    The 2020 Spending Deal: A Full Breakdown of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Funding

    Just before the holidays, and amidst the contentious impeachment proceedings, both parties and both chambers hammered out a spending deal for fiscal 2020 that was then signed by President Donald Trump.

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    Trump Signs Spending Bill with Family First Sweeteners, Boosts to Head Start and Child Care

    Just days after being impeached by the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump signed a spending bill for 2020 that includes hundreds of millions in funding to assist states with a recent overhaul of federal child welfare financing.


    $1 Billion Tax Credit for Working Poor Caps Newsom’s First California Budget

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) finalized a budget deal with the state legislature on Thursday, securing several important child welfare investments and opening up $1 billion in aid for the state’s working poor.