California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday unveiled a proposal for a series of tax incentives in an effort to “provide additional consideration for companies leaving states that have enacted restrictions on reproductive rights and anti-LGBTQ+ laws.”
The proposal would update tax credits, employer grants and other business incentive programs, according to the New York Times.
Newsom’s announcement comes after a leaked majority draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization revealed that the Supreme Court could be poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, returning the question of abortion to the states.
Newsom also proposed nearly doubling his reproductive health funding plan to $125 million, including $40 million for grants to providers to offset the cost of abortions for uninsured women from both inside and outside California. The state has already seen an increase in women seeking abortions since the Texas Heartbeat Act passed last year.
“California will not stand idly by as extremists roll back our basic constitutional rights,” Newsom said in a statement. “We’re going to fight like hell, making sure that all women — not just those in California — know that this state continues to recognize and protect their fundamental rights.”
“Don’t think for a second this is where it’s going to stop,” Newsom said last week after the SCOTUS leak. “Pay attention, America. They’re coming for you next.”
Newsom’s proposal also comes amid an ongoing battle between Disney and Republicans after the company inserted itself into the conversation around Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits instructors from teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms.
Disney has been an outspoken critic of the measure, going so far as to say its “goal as a company” is having the bill “repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts.”
In return, Florida stripped Disney of its “independent special district” status, with Governor Ron DeSantis warning that if the company chose to use its “economic might to attack the parents of my state,” he would treat it as a “provocation” and “fight back.”
Newsom’s proposal could be an invitation to Disney, which plans to relocate roughly 2,000 California positions to a new Florida campus despite LGBT groups’ protests.
Christina Pushaw, a spokeswoman for DeSantis, accused Newsom of “spreading disinformation about other states,” according to the New York Times.
“Florida doesn’t restrict anyone’s rights,” Pushaw told the outlet. “Perhaps fewer businesses and residents would be fleeing California if Governor Newsom would focus on tackling the problems plaguing his own state.”