RivCo lawmakers respond to passage of state budget

The California Senate approved a record $214.8 billion budget that now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom for consideration, and several Riverside County lawmakers are speaking out against what they call “morally wrong,” a “failure to solve real problems” and “increase” in financial burdens to taxpayers in the state. The new budget includes money to give taxpayer-funded health insurance to some low-income adults ages 18-25, living in the country illegally, authorizes $650 million in spending to address the state’s housing and homelessness crisis and bolsters Cal Fire after the state suffered through the most devastating wildfire season in state history in 2018. Under the new budget, which includes a $22 billion surplus and either a $695 or 2.5% of the household income fine for Calif
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