CA Gov. Gavin Newsom declares budget emergency

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To support California’s COVID-19 response amid a $54.3 billion state budget deficit, California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a budget emergency Thursday.

The proclamation allows the state to use additional resources from the state’s rainy day fund to support the ongoing emergency response to COVID-19, according to a press release. The budget emergency will ensure funding for personal protective equipment, medical equipment and other expenditures to support potential hospital surges is available.

The declaration also ensures funding for necessary services for vulnerable populations.

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