CA Democrats propose $ 215 million to speed up Newsom’s recall election
CALIFORNIA – Democratic leaders in the state legislature are proposing to include $ 215 million in the state budget to cover the costs of the recall election to overthrow Governor Gavin Newsom.
The increase in funds, lawmakers said, would allow for an earlier recall election date, which supporters of the governor say could help him stay in office.
The proposal to cover the costs came just hours after the California Department of Finance estimated that a recall election for governor could cost California’s 58 counties a total of $ 215 million.
In a statement, Pro Senate Speaker Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) said the proposal to include estimated costs in the state budget would allow the legislature to waive the period required to consider the elections. costs to counties, which could save time and speed up the electoral process.
“Our local communities do not deserve to grapple with unnecessary recall costs as they strive to recover from the pandemic,” Democratic leaders said in a joint statement. “The legislature will ease the burden on their base and include $ 215 million in the budget bill for the state to cover the costs. Plus, this funding will allow for an earlier recall election.”
Responding to the estimate released by the Department of Finance, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who announced his intention to run for recall, said the cost is a “fraction” of the $ 30 billion. Department of Employment Development fraud dollars that plagued the state. .
“The recall cost is a fraction of $ 30 billion in EDD fraud, Gavin Newsom presided. It has sent tens of billions of dollars to criminals, including violent criminals and people out of state. When we remember Newsom, Californians will save billions of dollars, ”Faulconer tweeted.
According to a new poll from the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, the recall campaign to oust the Democratic governor has not achieved the buy-in that supporters were hoping for at this point.
Only 36% of California voters who took part in the May 11 poll said they would recall the governor, unchanged from January. And 49% said they would vote “no” on the recall, up four points from three months ago. Another 15 percent said they were undecided, according to the survey.
And none of the four prominent Republican candidates generated much support either. Fewer than one in four voters statewide said they would support one. Newsom’s approval rating has also increased in recent months as coronavirus cases decline and vaccinations increase.
Some 52% of California voters said they approve of the job he is doing now. But he’s still a long way from where he was last September when 64 percent of voters were happy with his governance.
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According to another recent poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, 40% of likely voters said they would vote “yes” to remove Newsom from office, while 57% would vote to keep him in office.
“The remarkably stable opposition to Gavin Newsom’s recall is driven by a large and cohesive partisan divide that favors the Democratic governor,” said Mark Baldassare, chief executive officer of PPIC.
Originally, the election was slated for the fall, but as Democratic leaders seek to speed up the process with massive funding, the election could take place as early as late summer. In the meantime, those who have declared their candidacy will have several steps to go through before they can become certified candidates for election.
No prominent Democrat has announced his intention to run, and Newsom cannot appear as his replacement on the recall ballot. So the election will likely pit Newsom against a variety of Republican hopefuls.
The Democratic governor called the recall election a “partisan takeover” and condemned the effort as a Republican-led effort to thwart his progressive efforts.
“Now is not the time to waste hundreds of millions of dollars on a recall effort that is nothing more than a partisan takeover,” Newsom said previously. “I hope people take the time to find out what it really is.”
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