The first budget proposal California Governor Gavin Newsom has just been sworn in to "make the California dream accessible to all". It is also a clear reprimand of Donald Trump's national program.
The budget includes six months of paid parental leave. Two years of free community college. Significant funding for early childhood education programs. Expanding health care that includes more access for undocumented immigrants.
"It reflects our values," Newsom said in its two-hour speech, unveiling the budget on Thursday.
Many of Newsom's budget priorities are firmly progressive. Of the $ 209 billion budget, 53% goes to education, from kindergarten to public higher education, and 28% to health and social services.
In addition to allocating $ 80.7 billion to K-12 schools and community colleges, the governor's budget includes $ 500 million to encourage local governments to build emergency shelters and navigation centers for the homeless, and $ 25 million to help homeless people with disabilities apply for disability benefits.
It also includes $ 25 million for a quick immigration intervention program to assist community organizations and non-profit organizations, and $ 75 million for other immigration-related services, such as: naturalization assistance and delayed action requests for child arrivals.
At times, Newsom flatly challenged the president in his speech on Thursday, be it above Trump. Demystified claims on California wildfire management or individually prescribed health care.
"With all due respect to the President of the United States, he is wrong," Newsom said of health care. "California is right."
Some are already speculate Newsom is perhaps the most progressive governor in the history of states. According to Jason McDaniel, a political scientist at San Francisco State University, Newsom's push to the left is less a personal evolution than one of the Democratic Party parties as a whole.
"Gavin Newsom was positioning himself as a liberal, but rather moderate and acceptable to independent voters, so to speak, but that's not necessarily where the energy of the Democratic Party is," said McDaniel. "I think he recognizes that. I think that shows that he understands the evolution of the Democratic Party. "
McDaniel believed that the California The democratic party is entering an era of "muscular liberalism".
"It's not just about defending existing programs and maintaining them," he said. "It's about establishing new programs and services that meet modern needs. A six-month paid family leave is one example. Extending health care benefits to undocumented immigrants – this idea would have been extremely controversial 10 or 15 years ago and now it does not have much effect. "
This era of muscular liberalism has been made possible, McDaniel said, largely because of the state's reaction to the long-standing Republican regime of Congress. Bending is only increased now because of Trump.
Tom Ammiano, a former Progressive State member who sat on the San Francisco supervisory board with Newsom, said he saw the Democrats during his long political career, he repeatedly deviated to the left, which ultimately prompted party leaders to continue on a more risk-averse path. But Ammiano is cautiously optimistic about what Newsom's budget reveals about the party's priorities.
"Even with Newsom's faults, it still indicates that, especially in California, the party may stop being so nervous about these issues," Ammiano said.