California’s controversial reparations plans face $37.9 billion obstacle in form of state budget deficit

As the 2024 legislative session begins, members of the California Legislative Black Caucus are working to put recommendations from the state’s Reparations Task Force into law as officials deal with a newly projected $37.9 billion budget deficit.

Democratic Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer told Politico that legislation is in the works, but he acknowledged cash payouts could be tricky to navigate because the state faces a $37.9 billion budget gap in fiscal 2025.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) presented his initial spending plan on Wednesday, predicting a near $38 billion deficit — a significantly lower estimate than the $68 billion deficit the Legislative Analyst’s Office estimated in December. 

Newsom declined to endorse reparations recommendations provided by the state task force in an earlier draft in May, which could be up to $1.2 million for
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