Gov. Gavin Newsom, front left, accompanied by Jason Kenney, deputy director of the Real Estate Services Division of the Department of General Services, tours Sleep Train Arena, the former home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings basketball team in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, April 6, 2020. The arena is being transformed into a 400-bed emergency field hospital to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)
KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom may call California a nation state, but he's hanging his hopes for avoiding drastic state budget cuts squarely on the federal government. The money may not come easily in a divided Congress, even with two Californians in the top roles in the U.S. House. Outlining his budget proposal Thursday, Newsom laid out in stark terms the problems California faces as it reacts to falling revenues and increased spending from the coronavirus pandemic. Without an infusion of at least $14 billion from Congress, Newsom said the state would have to cut billions to public schools, hundreds of millions for preschool, child care and higher education programs and reduce health benefits for the poor, among other things. His budget is a d
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