Newsom faces backlash from middle class over budget troubles

Newsom faces backlash from middle class over budget troubles


As Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) faces backlash over California’s budget deficit, he’s also coming under fire for failing to deliver for the middle class.

In 2022, lawmakers touted the $9.5 billion Middle-Class Tax Refund as a one-time payment to provide relief to Californians struggling to recover from the pandemic. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) speaks at a rally in support of Freedom to Marry, a ballot measure to remove Proposition 8 from the state Constitution, Friday, June 7, 2024, at Manny’s at 16th and Mission Streets in San Francisco, California. (Jessica Christian/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

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Instead of receiving praise for his efforts, Newsom’s post-pandemic refund was attacked by critics as poorly executed. They said the state’s payment plan, which offered recipients an option to sign

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