Newsom’s new budget proposal would cut 10,000 vacant state jobs to close deficit

Newsom’s new budget proposal would cut 10,000 vacant state jobs to close deficit


Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) announced on Friday his revised $288 billion budget for 2024-2025 that calls for spending cuts in 260 different state programs, slashing over 10,000 vacant jobs, and ending some business tax deductions. 

In January, Newsom estimated that California’s budget deficit was $37.9 billion, and in April, he made $17.3 billion in cuts to help close the gap. However, the estimated shortfall turned out to be $7 billion more than Newsom anticipated, leaving the governor to figure out how to tackle a $27.6 million deficit.

“These are things we worked closely with the Legislature to advance,” Newsom said of the cuts. “None of this is the kind of work you enjoy doing, but you’ve got to do it. We have to be responsible.

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