Today, Friday, May 22nd, Governor Newsom provided a COVID-19 update from the Napa Valley Veterans Home in Yountville, which is the oldest facility of its kind in the U.S. (founded in 1884). Governor Newsom began his update with a thank you to California’s veterans who “answered the call to protect what we hold dear—our freedom.”
Today, Tuesday, May 19th, Governor Newsom did not provide a live daily update; however, there is some news of interest.
Today, Thursday May 14th, Governor Newsom held his daily briefing with a different focus, a focus on the State’s budget, as the Governor released the May Revise to his proposed 2020-21 Fiscal Year budget for the State of California. You can find the full summary of the May Revise here.
Today, Wednesday May 13th, Governor Newsom held his daily press conference in El Dorado County which profiled his approach to the wildfire season as well as updated the numbers seen for the COVID-19 pandemic. He also made comments geared toward budget enhancements for Cal-Fire and the Office of Emergency Services which will be part of tomorrow’s release of the May Revise.
Today, Tuesday May 12th, Governor Newsom began his daily briefing by addressing the state’s success in expanding testing for COVID-19, noting the state has passed a significant milestone with more than one million tests administered so far (read more here), and pointing out more than 40,000 tests were administered daily over the past couple of days.
Today, Thursday May 7th, Governor Newsom began his daily briefing addressing the dramatic shift in California’s fiscal fortune brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor noted that last year, the state enjoyed a $21.4 billion-dollar surplus, which allowed the state to increase its reserves and plan to pay down its bond debt by $9 billion, which was favorable for the state’s bond rating.