Newsom faces backlash from middle class over budget troubles

As Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) faces backlash over California’s budget deficit, he’s also coming under fire for failing to deliver for the middle class.

In 2022, lawmakers touted the $9.5 billion Middle-Class Tax Refund as a one-time payment to provide relief to Californians struggling to recover from the pandemic. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) speaks at a rally in support of Freedom to Marry, a ballot measure to remove Proposition 8 from the state Constitution, Friday, June 7, 2024, at Manny’s at 16th and Mission Streets in San Francisco, California. (Jessica Christian/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

Instead of receiving praise for his efforts, Newsom’s post-pandemic refund was attacked by critics as poorly executed. They said the state’s payment plan, which offered recipients an option to sign up for direct deposit into their bank accounts, wasn’t a
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