SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON/AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration wants to spend another $2.7 billion on coronavirus testing and hospital staffing.
Newsom’s office said Saturday the money will be included in the governor’s budget proposal.
Of the $2.7 billion, Newsom wants lawmakers to approve $1.4 billion of it right away.
Overall the proposal includes:
$1.2 billion dollars: To bolster testing – by expanding hours and capacity at testing sites throughout the state
$583 million: To accelerate vaccination and booster efforts, combat misinformation
$614 million: To support frontline workers
$200 million: To support state response operations
$110 million: To support vulnerable populations.
That way, Newsom wouldn’t have to wait until the start of the new budget year on July 1 to spend it.
Newsom is also asking lawmakers to pass a new law requiring companies to give workers more paid time off if they get sick.
California had a similar law last year that expired in September.