Gavin Newsoms CRAZY Budget Cuts - What Is Getting The Axe, You Ask?

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In a move that has raised eyebrows among conservatives, California's Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed significant cuts to public safety budgets, including law enforcement and prisons.

This decision, which seems to fly in the face of conventional wisdom, comes at a time when California is grappling with a massive budget deficit. Rather than focusing on fiscal responsibility, Newsom appears to be doubling down on his progressive climate agenda, prioritizing what he terms "equity" over the safety and well-being of Californians.

Fox News reported that Newsom's proposed budget, unveiled in May, concedes that "difficult decisions" are necessary to tackle the estimated $27.6 billion deficit, a financial hole that is projected to persist for years. The budget includes a $97 million cut to trial court operations, $10 million to the Department of Justice's Division of Law Enforcement, and over $80 million to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

A spokesperson for Newsom initially told Fox News Digital that there were "no cuts to law enforcement." They stated, "The budget proposes numerous ways to make government more efficient and reduce costs for taxpayers, including cuts on inmate spending. Since Governor Newsom took office in 2019, the state has made record investments in law enforcement, including $1.1 billion to tackle crime, support police, and hold criminals accountable." However, officials from the Department of Finance later admitted that the state's proposed budget for Justice was reduced by 1.6%.

Florida's chief financial officer, Jimmy T. Patronis, told Fox News Digital, "What's happening in California is just the greatest disrespect of taxpayers resources in the history of America. Theyre in a panic. Theyre in a free fall. Theyre looking for money to make up this enormous budget deficit theyve got right now."

The economic fallout is already visible in San Francisco, where retailers like Aldo, J.Crew, and Madewell have shuttered their stores this year. Major stores are reportedly leaving the city, leaving malls in Northern California with increasing vacancies. Zara is expected to follow suit by 2025, joining Macys and The North Face.

The latest crime statistics paint a grim picture, with 8,686 thefts reported in San Francisco since the start of the year, excluding 1,962 burglaries and 2,298 motor vehicle thefts. The proposed $80 million cut from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation aims to eliminate 4,600 beds across 13 prisons. Newsom has also proposed slashing law enforcement training and cutting $4.4 million from county probation departments.

The California State Legislature is reportedly pushing back against some of the proposed cuts to public safety, particularly a $15 million decrease from the DOJ. Department of Finance deputy director for external affairs H.D. Palmer told Fox News Digital, "These proposed reductions are unallocated reductions, meaning that it would be up to the department as to how they would be implemented."

The budget must be approved by legislators by June 15 and will take effect in July. As the deadline looms, the question remains: will these proposed cuts truly lead to a more efficient government, or will they compromise the safety and well-being of Californians?