Same Song, Different Verse: The Newsom Budget Mess

SACRAMENTO – It’s almost the end of Gavin Newsom’s second term, and his administration is facing down a massive budget deficit.

To close the gap, he’s proposing deep cuts to public safety and health programs (but his pet projects come out OK).

Despite the cuts, his successor will still be staring down a shortfall and left to pick up his mess.

Oh, you thought we’re talking about the current state budget?

Nope, that’s a flashback to Newsom’s time as the Mayor of San Francisco – but it seems history repeats itself.

This time the numbers are bigger and he doesn’t have a recession to blame for his budget woes. But there is one common thread – a checked-out politician more interested in chasing headlines than running a functioning government.