Gavin Newsom’s California budget rises to $213 billion as projected surplus grows

BY SOPHIA BOLLAG

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend $1 billion on programs to help the homeless in a $213 billion revised budget he released on Thursday.

The updated proposal unveiled Thursday builds on the $209 billion budget the governor laid out in January. It keeps in place spending to expand health coverage for undocumented immigrants and $1.75 billion to spur housing construction.

Newsom still wants to fine Californians who don’t buy health insurance and raise taxes to clean up drinking water in communities with unhealthy water sources.

His revised proposal adds $130 million for child care — mostly from taxes raised on legal marijuana sales — and doubles a proposed tax credit for families with children under 6 from $500 to $1,000. It also would eliminate sales taxes on diapers and tampons.

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