Despite Record-Breaking Surplus, Newsom Fails to Invest in Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom released his Administration’s May Revision, detailing new and adjusted budgetary investments based on the state’s latest revenue projections. The Governor’s May Revision represents a $267.8 billion budget of which $196.8 billion is provided by state General Fund.

Notably, despite a record-breaking $75.75 billion surplus, Governor Newsom fails to propose any new, ongoing investments for public health infrastructure and workforce. The California Can’t Wait Coalition, representing public health officials, local leaders, frontline workers, and health equity advocates, expresses deep dismay over Governor Newsom’s failure to include new dollars to rebuild the state’s 61 local health departments.

CHEAC Staff has published a May Revision Memo providing CHEAC Members with a summary of investments included in the Governor’s May Revision. The California Legislature will begin its review of the Governor’s May Revision starting next week, and CHEAC Staff will continue to keep its Members apprised of significant budget developments as the Legislature approaches the June 15 constitutional deadline to pass a state budget.