SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Governor Gavin Newsom is just hours away from his delivering his first State of the State address to Californians.
The speech comes a day after he took on President Donald Trump and declared California would not participate in the “political theatre” over border security and immigration. According to political experts, Newsom is expected to intensify his rhetoric against the Trump administration in Monday morning’s speech, but it will also be an opportunity for the governor to highlight his ambitions and goals for the state.
Here are four issues you can expect the governor to address:
Immigration: Governor Newsom’s speech comes a day after he announced he’ll withdraw most of the 360 National Guard troops working with the federal government at the Mexico border. He added there's has been a “gray area” in the troop duties that may have allowed some to participate in immigration activities.
During his state of the state speech, Newsom plans to discuss the order and his decision. His planned remarks read below:
"Let us state the facts. We are currently experiencing the lowest number of border crossings since 1971. In California, like our nation, our undocumented population is at its lowest level in more than a decade. Some 550,000 fewer in our state alone. Immigrants, both those here legally and those without documentation, commit crime at a lower rate than native-born citizens. (Pew Research, 11/2018)
And those families, women and children, seeking asylum at our borders, are doing so lawfully.
Those are the facts. The Border “emergency” is a manufactured crisis. And California will not be part of this political theater."
Universal health care: Newsom is also expected to highlight the importance to reinstate the individual mandate that people buy health insurance, which Republicans in Congress have eliminated. The mandate would tax people who don’t have insurance as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. According to the governor, the plan would expand health care for undocumented immigrants and give the state new powers to negotiate drug prices – making them more affordable.
Universal preschool: Newsom is also expected to expand on his three-year plan for universal preschool which will provide all low-income 4-year-old children from working families with full-day, full-year early education. The pan will also expand early education programs that already exist. According to a document outlining the plan, the push for universal preschool would be part of “the largest, most comprehensive investment in early learning and child development in California history.”
Housing affordability crisis: According to political experts, Newsom will also address his goals to improve the housing crisis in California. To address the state’s housing affordability crisis, the Governor’s budget proposal includes $1.75 billion to spur housing development and promote economic growth, including:
- $500 million in one-time cash for local governments to combat homelessness — of that $300 million will go toward regional planning, and $200 million as awards for cities that build new shelters or permanent supportive housing.
- A quintupling of ongoing cash (from $80 million to $500 million) for the state’s most important low-income housing financing tool, the low-income housing tax credit.
- $500 million in one-time cash for “moderate-income” housing production, or the so-called “missing middle” of housing for California’s middle class.
- $25 million to get more homeless Californians on federal disability programs.
We will have to wait and see what else Newsom discusses in his speech. The State of the State address will be delivered at 11 a.m. at the State Capitol.
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Newsom announced he'll withdraw most of California's 360 National Guard troops working with the federal government at the Mexico border. The governor disputed Trump's claim there is a crisis on the border and any need for National Guard troops was eliminated when Trump chose earlier this month to add 3,750 more U.S. troops at the border.